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Young members in UCU

3 March 2011

Welcome to our 'one stop shop' for young members who want to get more active in the union and also to provide members at the start of their careers with useful professional support and career development resources.

Early careers The best start to your career in education

UCU provides a range of professional development resources designed for younger members including our early careers guide for new staff which explains what to expect when you start work, how to get the most out of your career and what to do if things go wrong. We also campaign for better access to training, professional development and support for new staff in colleges and universities using tools such as the UCU early careers charter.

Your union - make a difference with UCU!

It's a really healthy sign that UCU has a growing membership of younger people with membership among this group now growing faster than any other. However we still need more young members to get active. The best way to get involved is through your branch. A local committee will always welcome offers of help. We have a range of recruitment and information materials aimed at younger FE and HE staff here.

'Learning for Life' UCU Learning for Life CPD support

We are pleased to offer a range of personal and professional development resources that will provide practical help throughout the course of your career.

Bringing together material from a variety of education specialists, including experienced FE and HE practitioners, as well as contributions from UCU members working in the field, we aim to help you develop excellence and confidence in teaching, learning and professional practice.

You will find advice and information to develop your skills through our CPD courses, and free downloadable guides on our Learning for Life website.


Academic freedom – a guide for early careers staff [203kb]

Early careers survey: the key issues facing UCU members at the start of their careers, Apr 09 [54kb]

UCU early careers - join UCU leaflet [331kb]

'Know Your Rights' card for staff on casual contracts [174kb]

GTAs: know your rights [98kb]

UCU researchers' survival guide [1mb]

'There’s strength in numbers' recruitment poster [69kb]

'Join UCU now' recruitment poster [181kb]

'Help' recruitment poster [60kb]

'Join your union' recruitment poster [62kb]

Factsheet 1 – trade unions [35kb]

Factsheet 2 – pensions [38kb]

Leaflet to recruit researchers [41kb]

Leaflet to recruit hourly-paid staff [41kb]

Learning for LIfe: CPD flyer [153kb]

Last updated: 18 March 2024