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13 February 2024

The University and College Union (UCU) is the largest trade union and professional association for lecturers, learning support staff, academic related staff, trainers, researchers and managers working in further & higher education in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our 110,000 members are employed mainly in colleges, universities and in adult, prison and land-based education. We also have members in the private sector, for example in private training agencies and language schools, as well as members working on a freelance basis. Students training to teach in post-school education also belong to UCU.


Current vacancies


Finance Assistant

Reference number:FD1
Salary:£43,047 p.a. (inclusive of London Allowance)
Hours: 35 per week
Contract: Permanent/Full Time
Location: London NW1
Closing date: 28 February at 10.00 am

About the role

UCU is seeking a Finance Assistant to take part in the day-to-day operation of the Finance Section. In this exciting role, based in UCU's Head Office in London NW1, and reporting to the Head of Finance, your main duties will be:

  • responsibility for a range of financial accounts and administrative functions
  • maintaining financial records in accordance with UCU statutory obligations
  • maintaining and monitoring purchase and sales ledger
  • closely monitoring UCU's bank accounts, ensuring that accounts are not overdrawn
  • being one of the main contacts with UCU's bankers and providing information as required
  • liaising with UCU members, both direct and via correspondence, regarding expenses
  • liaising with UCU's external auditors.

About you

The ideal candidate must be educated to GCSE level or equivalent (inc. maths & English) and would suit someone with experience of a similar working environment in a finance Department and/or understanding of working for a trade union or other not-for-profit organisation. Other requirements include:

  • a knowledge and understanding of financial and accounting procedures and principles, including double entry bookkeeping and computerised accounting systems
  • excellent numeracy skills and a good eye for detail
  • an ability to deal with complex correspondence and financial matters, including regulations relating to the collection of union subscriptions
  • an ability to work quickly and accurately with detailed financial information
  • an in-depth knowledge and understanding of databases and spreadsheets
  • an awareness of the importance of customer care in a membership-focused organisation.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email recruitment@ucu.org.uk quoting job reference FD1:

Application pack: Finance Assistant (HD1) [291kb]

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2024 at 10.00am

Interview date: 26 March 2024


Head of Property & Facilities

Reference number:HPF1
Salary:£67,203 p.a. (inclusive of London Allowance)
Hours: 35 per week
Contract: Permanent/Full Time
Location: London NW1
Closing date: 27 February at 10.00 am

About the role

UCU is seeking a Head of Property and Facilities. In this exciting role, based in our London NW1 Head Office, and reporting to the Head of Bargaining, Organising, Representation and Operations, your main duties will be: 

  • managing UCU's properties and office facilities
  • ensuring a healthy and safe environment is provided in all UCU offices
  • responsibility for the management and oversight of the operation of offices services in the functions covered by the post
  • overall responsibility for security in UCU's head office and, where relevant, its regional/devolved nation offices as required
  • responsibility for the purchasing and leasing of equipment and services.

The role would suit someone with experience of a similar working environment and/or understanding of working for a trade union or other not-for-profit organisation. You will also have:

  • IWFM Level 4 Diploma or higher (or equivalent)
  • a knowledge of Health and Safety legislation in relation to the responsibilities of an employer and owner/occupier of premises
  • experience of negotiating with contractors and suppliers in an office context
  • an ability to lead and develop individuals and teams
  • excellent communications skills
  • an ability and willingness to work outside of the normal working week.

Further information 

We welcome applications from any candidate but are particularly keen to receive applications from women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently underrepresented at this grade in UCU. If this is you, and you are interested in the post, we invite you to join an online briefing about the post and what it's like to work at the union, at 1 to 2pm on 20 February, which will also be an opportunity to ask the recruiting manager questions. If you'd like to attend the briefing, please email recruitment@ucu.org.uk no later than 12 noon on 19 February. You do not need to attend the briefing session to apply. 

To apply, please download an application pack below or email recruitment@ucu.org.uk quoting job reference HPF1:

Application pack: Head of Property and Facilities (HPF1) [292kb]

Closing date for applications: 27 February 2024 at 10.00am

Interview date: 21 March 2024


Branch Development Organiser - South West Region

Reference number:BDO1
Salary:£43,881 p.a. pro rata
Hours: 35 per week
Contract: Permanent/Full Time
Location: Exeter
Closing date: 20 February at 10.00 am

About the role

The Bargaining, Organising, Representation & Operations department, at UCU, is seeking a Branch Development Organiser to join the South West team. In this exciting role, based in our Exeter Office, and reporting to the Regional Official, South West, your main duties will include:

  • supporting the effective implementation of national organising priorities and associated regional organising and recruitment plans across the region
  • assisting with the development of regional organising plans
  • organising and developing union membership, in conjunction with local branch strategies
  • providing advice and support to branch officers to develop their representation, campaigning and organising skills
  • working with local branches and regions to develop effective communication strategies to support their campaigns and bargaining objectives.

The ideal candidate must be educated to GCSE level (inc. maths & English) or equivalent. The post would suit someone with experience of a similar working environment and/or understanding of working for a trade union or other not-for-profit organisation. You will need a good knowledge of the post-compulsory education sector; an ability to lead and develop individuals and teams and experience of campaigning and organising in a trade union environment. With excellent interpersonal skills, you will be able to organise and deliver training and be prepared to travel within the region.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email recruitment@ucu.org.uk quoting job reference BDO1:

Closing date for applications: 20 February 2024 at 10.00am

Interview date: 18 March 2024


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Returning your application

Please note that applicants should apply using the application form and CVs will not be considered. Completed application forms must be received by us by 10am on the closing date. Late applications will not be considered. Applications to be emailed to recruitment@ucu.org.uk

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. Please contact the People and Development Team by e-mail at recruitment@ucu.org.uk or telephone 020 7756 2558 for further details.

Diversity & inclusion monitoring

We need your support to make sure our employees come from a variety of backgrounds, so we especially welcome applications from disadvantaged communities. Even if you are not selected, it would be really helpful if you could complete the diversity & inclusion data when you apply for this role, because we can make sure we are encouraging a diverse mixture of candidates to apply. Thank you very much.

Equal opportunities

UCU is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.


Benefits of working for the University and College Union

Benefits to support your well-being:

  • generous holiday entitlement of 35 days' annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, and 8 closure days with a pro-rata entitlement for part time staff
  • disability leave arrangements
  • special leave arrangements
  • a range of family friendly policies and procedures with enhanced maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave schemes
  • an Employee Assistance Programme that provides access to 24-hour confidential counselling
  • access to advice and face-to-face intervention from a senior chartered physiotherapist through the award-winning Physiotherapy Advice Line service
  • flexitime scheme available by agreement where employees can vary their start and finish times or lunch breaks within the set parameters of the work-life balance policy.

Benefits to support you financially:

  • all employees are contractually enrolled into the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) where currently the employee contribution is approximately 6.1% of salary and the employer contribution is approximately 14.5% of salary
  • we will pay 50% of the net cost of childcare provision for children. The scheme is currently available to employees up to and including Grade G
  • interest free season ticket loans to cover the cost of a second-class season ticket between home and the office
  • UCU will assist with the cost of an eyesight test and the purchase of a basic pair of glasses, where these are required for DSE use.

Benefits to support your training and development:

  • training and developmental support
  • access to over 300 eLearning modules through UCU's online training room.
Last updated: 13 February 2024