Activist and branch resources

Welcome to the resource area for UCU branches, reps and activists.

In this section you will find a range of advice, resources and materials to help build strong and active branches.

Get the Vote Out

Information on running industrial action ballots following the new turnout requirement of the 2016 Trade Union Act.

Build the Union

UCU's major initiative to build our union.

Being a UCU rep

Information on the various rep roles and the legislation, agreements and practice that empower the rep.

Local bargaining

Briefings and guidance documents to help branch officers when faced with local issues or bargaining situations.

Guide to local campaigning

Campaigning is often shrouded in mystique. It is seen as something that some people have a natural instinct for - that you can either do or you can't. Campaigning is actually quite easy, though it is often hard work! The materials available here will help you to run an effective campaign.

Health and safety resource centre

UCU's health and safety resource centre for members, safety reps and branch officers.

Raising UCU's profile

A range of materials for promotion, recruitment and campaigning, including examples from branches for ideas and inspiration.

Browse branch material

Searchable list of all documents, guidance and other materials useful for branch organisation, recruitment and campaigning.