Joining UCU and the USS strike action:
Can I join the UCU industrial action over USS if I join today? Yes
Will I receive strike pay if I join now and take part in the USS strikes? Yes

Join UCU

Why join UCU? Almost 110,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU - the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

Join UCU online today

Choose 'standard full membership' to activate the free membership offer option.

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Or join over the phone: 0333 207 0719*

*Lines open 9.15am-4.45pm Mon-Fri. Calls are charged at standard rates; if you have inclusive call minutes or an allowance calls to this number are usually included (please check with your provider).

Please note: we are experiencing a high volume of applications at this time, and there may be a short delay in issuing you a membership number.  However, if you have provided the details requested on the form,  your membership will be active from the date of application, and you will not be disadvantaged by any delay caused by processing.
For members in USS branches, this means that you will be able to take part in any strike action while awaiting your membership number. Further information on the current USS action is available here.
Please do not contact us before receiving your membership number - if we do find that there are any issues with your application we will let you know.

UCU is the largest post-school union in the world: a force working for education that your employer and the government cannot ignore. It understands the work you do, and the problems you face. And, of course, the more members UCU has, the more effective the support and protection we offer will be. 

Whether you are an academic, lecturer, trainer, instructor, researcher, administrator, manager, computer staff, librarian or postgraduate from a university, college, prison, adult education or training organisation, UCU is the union for you.


Joining UCU FAQs

Some common questions about UCU membership.

Future of the profession

*FREE* membership for enrolled postgraduate students contracted to teach in UK HE, and FE staff not on lecturing contracts but part of the teaching and assessing team such as instructor, assessor, trainer, teaching assistant, coach.

How much does it cost?

UCU membership can cost as little as £1 per month depending on your earnings.

Joint union memberships

UCU has a number of joint membership arrangements which can help if you need membership of other unions for work that's not within the further or higher education sector.

A day in the life of UCU

Looking at a day in the life of UCU and its members.