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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

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…

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…