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About UCU

UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

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We are a democratic association committed to improving the working life of all our members and to maintaining academic freedom

We represent all academic and related staff, including lecturers, researchers, professors, administrative staff, computer and library staff, teaching assistants and postgraduate students.

We protect your interests and supports you as an individual if you have an employment related problem.

We campaign for improved quality of education and research, salaries, working conditions and pensions.

We put a high priority on equality and diversity issues

Find out more at or click here to join. A list of FAQs about joining is available.