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UCU membership can cost from as little as £1 per month depending on your earnings. Most members can reduce their subscription by claiming income tax relief.

The subscription rates applicable from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022 are as set out below:


National subscriptions

Arising from the decisions of UCU's national congress and the National Executive Committee, the subscription rates for 2021/22 have now been agreed. A table showing the new rates taking effect on 1 September 2021 is set out below. This year we are not increasing any of our subscription rates, due to reduced expenditure by the union resulting from the pandemic. Neither are we making changes to band boundaries. However, we are continuing our move towards a more proportional system by reducing rates in bands F3 to F5 by 2%. All other rates remain unchanged.

National UCU subscription rates for UCU members to 31 August 2022
Employment income band (excluding London Weighting)Including political fund (per month)Excluding political fund (per month)
£60,000 & above (F0)£27.38£27.11
£40,000 - £59,999 (F1)£24.17£23.94
£30,000 - £39,999 (F2)£21.26£21.06
£22,000 - £29,999 (F3)£17.77£17.60
£15,000 - £21,999 (F4)£10.59£10.49
£5,000 - £14,999 (F5)£4.61£4.57
Below £5,000 (F6)£1.00£0.99

Note: UCU operates a political fund which expressly does not contribute to any political party, but is used for campaigning and lobbying to promote the interests of UCU members. The contribution level is one percent of the national subscription rate. Members may opt in to the fund. If you choose not to contribute to the political fund you shall not be excluded from any benefits of the union or placed in any respect, either directly or indirectly, under a disability or at a disadvantage as compared to other members of the union. Information Local subscriptions: some local associations and branches levy a small additional local sub for local branch use.

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Joint union members

Different rates are applicable, according to annual salary band, for joint BOS, CSP, Musicians' Union, RCM, RCN, SCP, and SOR members.

Joint union membership subscription rates for UCU members to 31 August 2022
Employment income band (excluding London Weighting)Including political fund (per month)Excluding political fund (per month)
£60,000 & above (F0)£20.53£20.33
£40,000 - £59,999 (F1)£18.12£17.95
£30,000 - £39,999 (F2)£15.94£15.79
£22,000 - £29,999 (F3)£13.32£13.20
£15,000 - £21,999 (F4)£7.94£7.86
£5,000 - £14,999 (F5)£3.45£3.42
Below £5,000 (F6)£0.75£0.74

Note: UCU operates a political fund which expressly does not contribute to any political party, but is used for campaigning and lobbying to promote the interests of UCU members. The contribution level is one percent of the national subscription rate. Members may opt in to the fund. If you choose not to contribute to the political fund you shall not be excluded from any benefits of the union or placed in any respect, either directly or indirectly, under a disability or at a disadvantage as compared to other members of the union.

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Retired/attached members

The rate for 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022 for retired and attached members is £2.91 per month (£2.89 excluding the political fund). Attached unemployed members seeking employment pay nothing for one year from date of becoming an attached member.

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