The national UCU was formed in 2006 by the merger of the AUT and NATFHE. It represents over 100,000 people involved in Further and Higher Education in the UK.
In Cambridge we represent academic or academic-related posts at grade 6 or above, research posts at grade 5 and above, and postgraduate students intending to work in further or higher education. This includes those employed by Colleges or affiliated institutions at equivalent grades, as well as those employed directly by the University. It includes postdocs, JRFs, TES staff, lecturers to professors, computer officers, and senior administrators amongst other posts. You don’t need to be on a permanent contract to join. If you need clarification, contact the local office.
Cambridge UCU offers advice and support to individuals and is able to provide Union representatives at disciplinary hearings and similar meetings. UCU is represented on the University’s Partnership Working Group and negotiates with the University on behalf of our members.
The national UCU negotiates on pay and pension rights — it is recognised by the USS pensions scheme to represent ALL USS members employees’ views and interests.
Cambridge UCU is part of the Eastern and Home Counties Regional Committee. This region encompasses Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It consists of about 15 Higher Education branches, and about 40 Further Education branches.
The UCU is affiliated to the TUC, but is not affiliated to any political party.