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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.…

Local claim campaigns: casualisation & gender pay

UCU is stepping up our work to close the gender pay gap and challenge the use of casual contracts in higher education. The national union is building profile on these issues among students and the wider public, and this increases the pressure on universities to come to the bargaining table where a growing number of…

Recent posts

Queen Margaret University wins UCU Scotland branch organising award

UCU president Rob Goodfellow was delighted to present the new Scotland branch organising award to Queen Margaret branch reps at UCU Scotland Congress on 31 March. Rob presented the award to Mari Giatsi Clausen, Fiona O’May and Jeremy Valentine, the QMU delegates to the Congress. The QMU branch has been rewarded for its significant effort…

UCU Aberdeen reps meet Scotland’s First Minister

Union reps from UCU’s Aberdeen branch formed part of a trade union group who met with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP at the Scottish Parliament on 30 March 2017. UCU’s Mike McConnell and David Watts represented the Aberdeen UCU branch committee, who received the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Organising Reps Award at the…

Membership growth at HMP Altcourse

For a number of years there has been only two UCU members at HMP Altcourse and no reps or contacts.  Now we have twenty one.  How did this happen? The change started less than 12 months ago when new members joined who were keen to get involved.  UCU’s Novus prison branch chair, Brian, visited the…

Communication ideas from Northern Ireland

SERC Throughout recruitment week, in the Northern Ireland region, we set up stalls in several of the FE Colleges so both members and non-members could come speak to us, and find out about the union.  We spoke to numerous people throughout the course of the day and distributed literature which raised the profile of the…