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About Cambridge University and College Union

The Cambridge University and College Union (Cambridge UCU) deals with issues important to our membership at local and national level.

You can join Cambridge UCU if you are:

  • in an academic or academic-related post at grade 6 or above; or in a research post at grade 5 or above;
  • a postgraduate student intending to work in further or higher education;
  • employed by a Cambridge College or affiliated institution in any of these functions at equivalent grades.
As well as negotiating nationally on pay and conditions and protecting your pensions we represent members’ interests locally on the University’s Partnership Working Group, and were involved in the introduction of the Equal Opportunities Policy, improving conditions for contract staff, and restructuring of grades.
For more information about membership, how to join, and subscriptions bands, go to Membership & subs.

Local news

Regent House Discussion - HAVE YOUR SAY!  Whether you are a member of Regent House or not, if you are a University employee and a member of the USS pension scheme, you can have your say at Discussion on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 at 2pm (time permitting).  See

The ballot closed at noon on Monday 20 October 2014. The responses to the questions members were balloted on are as follows: 

Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of strike action? 
    Number of ballot papers counted: 17,212
    Number voting YES: 13,395 (77.8%)
    Number voting NO: 3,817 (22.2%)

Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of action short of a strike? 
    Number of ballot papers counted: 17,154 
    Number voting YES: 14,879 (86.7%) 
    Number voting NO: 2,275 (13.3%)

The turnout was 44.5%. 

For more details, see: USS latest

21 October - South African Minister for HE speaks at Cambridge:  The South African Minister for Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, is visiting Cambridge on Tuesday 21 October.  The Minister is speaking at a public meeting on 'Socialism in Africa: the state and networks of power', organised by the Cambridge Student Communist Society, St John's College Humanities Society, and the Centre for African Studies.  The meeting starts at 19.00 in the old Divinity School, St John's Street, opposite the great gate of St John's. All are welcome.

NEWSLETTER: see the Autumn newsletter for news and updates, including on the pensions campaign, and please share with other colleagues - including prospective new members.

Date for your Dairy : Cambridge UCU Annual General Meeting: Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at the University Social Club from 12.30pm.  Please note the date and make every effort to attend.

New membership subscription rates have been updated on the Membership & Subs page, which come into effect from 1st September 2014.  If you are a direct debit payer, UCU head office will write to you during August.  If you pay your subscription through payroll deduction, the local administrator will notify the payroll office(s) of the changes and these will be applied from September payroll.

For a report from our Pensions Officer, Eleanor Blair on the Pension Officers Meeting held on 21st May 2014, please see the PDF loaded to the Pensions page

Minutes of previous General Meetings and Executive Committee meetings are available to view from the Resources section in Cambridge UCU committee and general meeting minutes.

National News

National Campaigns

To join the campaign and help raise awareness, please download a poster and display in your department.