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The researchers' survival guide

Researchers play a vital role in our institutions and their skills and commitment should be valued and rewarded. However 68% of research staff are employed on fixed-term contracts. UCU campaigns for increased job security to enable researchers to develop rewarding careers and to create better research environments.

UCU's researchers' survival guide provides practical advice on a wide range of issues relating to your career.

UCU researchers' survival guide cover The guide:

  • outlines the rights of research staff and what they can expect from their institutions
  • offers practical advice on issues including developing your career, workloads and maternity leave
  • suggests ways in which you can seek improvements.

It also outlines how UCU campaigns for researchers and offers a range of support options.
The guide provides a great opportunity to recruit new members so that researchers have a stronger voice in their union and strengthen UCU's ability to improve research careers.
Download the guide below, or to request a printed copy please email the campaigns team: