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I would like to invite you to consider joining the UCU, as have the majority of your colleagues.

All staff employed in academic or academic-related posts are eligible to join UCU. This includes part-time as well as full-time staff, clinical academics, teaching assistants and teaching fellows, administrative, computer, library and other academic-related staff, plus research staff, irrespective of the source of funding. As we hope you will see from this website, we actively represent and defend the rights of all of our members. Scientific staff on the payroll of the Medical Research Council are also eligible to join.

You can join UCU online (recommended for speed) or by printing and completing a traditional paper form and posting it in.

UCU is both a professional association and a trade union, formed in June 2006 by an amalgamation of the old Natfhe and AUT unions. UCU is now the largest post-16 Education Union in the world.

Our role in higher education means that you can claim the subscription as a necessary expense of your employment from the Inland Revenue. In addition to trying to improve the university system as a whole, UCU works for better pay and conditions for staff.

UCLUCU is one of the largest local associations in the country, with 1500 members, a team of experienced local officers and an active committee. Whilst salaries and pensions are negotiated nationally, we are involved in the local implementation of national agreements.

In addition, many aspects of your conditions of employment are negotiated locally. For example, past meetings of UCLUCU and the College have covered the employment of part-time teaching staff; a career structure and promotions procedure for research staff; plus disciplinary, grievance and redundancy procedures for academic staff. We have negotiated improved maternity leave, a bridging fund for research staff between contracts, and improvements to the staff review and development scheme. UCLUCU is actively involved in health and safety issues and the work of the College Committee on Equal Opportunity.

We hold regular meetings, have a College-wide system of Departmental Representatives, and produce a local newsletter, so there is plenty of opportunity to keep in touch, put your view and become involved.

One of the most valued functions of UCU is to give individual members personal advice and assistance in relation to their employment. UCLUCU can, if necessary, call upon the assistance of the full-time London Regional Official and all the resources of UCU Headquarters, including in the last resort legal advice and assistance. In these difficult times most staff have found it well worthwhile having the unique expertise which the UCU can offer in this area.

I sincerely hope that you will join UCU.

You can now join the union online. When you do please also email: ucu@ucl.ac.uk so that we can add you to our local email lists as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Saladin Meckled-Garcia
Joint President, UCLUCU
Political Science
email: ucu@ucl.ac.uk

See also

Join UCU (national site)
Printable form (PDF)

Enquiries: ucu@ucl.ac.uk
Web: Sean Wallis
UCL home: UCL
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