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Covid-19 - branch guidance

Covid-19 branch resources

29 August 2020

Advice and guidance for branches on functioning during the Covid-19 crisis.

Member support

See our main advice and guidance as well as detailed guidance and resources for branches in supporting their members.

General health & safety guidance

Risk assessments

New UCU guidance has gathered together information on emerging Covid-19 risk factors to support branches in updating risk assessments. UCU will further update its guidance in response to any announcements over re-opening education settings.

Press work

As part of the union's campaign to protect our members health and safety during the Covid-19 crisis we are trying to highlight any examples of bad practice from employers, as well as any wins branches gain locally. Please read this guide to help generate press coverage of Covid-19 health and safety issues: Covid-19 - branch press work [229kb]


In these uncertain times the power of belonging to a union is more critical than ever. We've produced a set of materials to help with your online or offline recruitment campaigns:

Share our short video (also shareable on Facebook and Twitter)


We published detailed guidance for UCU branches on how to engage with employers and ensure that any new working arrangements and other measures protect staff and respect their rights:

See also:

See also our health & safety breakfast briefings which include briefings on topics emerging during the pandemic such as long Covid, hybrid working and escalating health & safety concerns.

Covid-19 negotiation and review cycle  

Covid-19 branch escalation steps

Protecting jobs in higher education

Looking at the report from London Economics commissioned by UCU to try and get a sense of the scale of the likely impact of the Covid-19 crisis on higher education, and suggestions for branches on how to use the report findings at a local level: Protecting jobs in HE from the impact of Covid-19 [160kb]

    Union democracy

    Guidance for the conduct of union business by branches and regions/devolved nations during the Covid-19 pandemic:

    Democratic continuity: advice for branches, regions/devolved nations [234kb]

    See also:

    Last updated: 18 August 2022