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You are eligible to join UCU if:

  • your work involves the provision of, or professional support of education, training, or research, in the higher education, further education or learning and skills sectors; or
  • you are studying at postgraduate level intending to follow a career in any of the above sectors.
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What kind of membership?*

For free UCU membership under our Future of the Profession Scheme select Standard Membership, then the free membership option.

UCU has joint arrangements with a number of other trade unions. If you are an existing member of another union, select Joint Full Membership and check the options available.

Select free Student Membership if you are a postgraduate student in further or higher education who is not paid by your institution to teach.

Eligible for Free Membership*

UCU offer free membership* to staff in the following categories:

• Enrolled Postgraduate students contracted to teach in UK higher education institutions

• Staff working in further education not on lecturing contracts but part of the teaching and assessing team such as Instructor, Assessor, Trainer, Teaching Assistant, Coach.

*Free membership includes access to all the benefits of full membership and is provided for a maximum of four years from registration. Free membership is provided on the basis that you inform UCU promptly when your circumstances change and you secure a job in HE of one year or more contract duration and in FE if you are appointed to the teaching staff.

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Other Union*

Select the other union you currently hold membership of. UCU has joint arrangements, with these unions, which can offer discounts if you need membership of other unions for work that’s not within the further or higher education sector.

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Who do you work for*

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Total Income*

Select the band appropriate to your annual earnings before tax for all eligible employment (excluding London weighting if applicable). Do not include any earnings outside the sector, pension or bursary income.

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Political Fund Answer * Required
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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