About Us

UCU is the trade union and professional association representing university staff across the Higher Education sector.

UCU is UCL's recognised trade union for lecturing staff, research staff, administrators, computer staff, librarians, and related staff grades. PhD students who carry out teaching duties can join on a special rate.

UCL UCU is a large trade union branch. Some of our members have permanent 'core funded' positions, while others - mainly research staff - are on what UCL refers to as "open-ended contracts on fixed funding".

In short, if you are employed at UCL, teach, research or support, but are not currently a member of UCU, we would encourage you to join.

Staff on clerical and manual grades should join UNISON, those on technical and scientific support roles, UNITE. We support our colleagues in the other UCL trade union branches, and encourage all college workers to join their appropriate trade union.