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Membership of UCU is open to all academic and professional staff.  Full-time and part-time staff (including those who are hourly paid) are equally welcome, and subscription rates are based on earnings. Staff who are members of the RCN, RCM, Amicus and some other unions are eligible for joint membership.

Registered PhD students who are also engaged in paid teaching or similar work at their host institution can join for free, for up to four years.  Postgraduate students who do not teach can also join for free.

You can join online at  Once your application is processed, you will be eligible for UCU advice and personal representation. However, you should note that this representation cannot be provided retrospectively, i.e. if the case or issues pre-date your application for membership.