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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.

Why join UCU? Almost 120,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU – the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

A strong union requires active members. To get involved at a local level, for example as a departmental rep or to help individual members as a ‘caseworker’, email UCU at  For further details on how to get involved both locally and nationally follow this link