Welcome

This web site is designed to help you, our branch officers and representatives, to build our union at branch and local association level. UCU is a democratic organisation reliant to a large degree on the large-scale participation of its volunteer members. How effective we are as an industrial force and professional body, protecting our members, depends on how well our participatory structures work.…

Recent posts

Branch newsletters boost profile of Edinburgh UCU

Edinburgh UCU has been raising its profile and increasing its membership by producing regular branch newsletters using newsletter templates available here over on the branch toolkit page. The templates make it very easy to produce newsletters and the guide to content is very helpful.  Distributing newsletters provides an opportunity to talk to colleagues either about…

Highlights from #anticas16

Recruiting new members to the union is one of the most difficult tasks that activists can do. Reps still get a sinking feeling when it comes to door knocking rounds or membership drives despite many years of experience. Building the recruitment capability of a branch is like flexing a muscle. It can take time to…

Recruitment activity: ideas from across the union

Trying out new recruitment activities is a great way to boost membership, keep things fresh in your branch and bring in new activists with different skills and interests. Ahead of the next national recruitment week we thought you might find it useful to see some examples of what other branches have been up to in…

Unions: the next generation

Maisy a school student from Beaumont School, Hertfordshire, visited UCU headquarters for the day to find out more about trade unions as part of her ‘workshadow’ placement. As the visit coincided with International Women’s Day she was able to learn about our campaign to close the gender pay gap in universities and colleges and the role…