CUCU Hardship Fund


The forthcoming USS & Pay dispute will have a huge impact on our members.  If you could donate to our local Hardship Fund it would be very much appreciated and will support our precariously employed members and those in financial hardship

Donate now:

  • Online, using these bank account details:
    • Name :  UCU Cambridge Hardship Fund 
    • Number :  20393807
    • Sort Code: 60-83-01
  • By cheque, made out to: Cambridge UCU Hardship Fund.
  • With cash,  contact

General information for members facing hardship from recent strike action

Because of the timing of this round of action, the earliest payroll from which pay may be deducted is January 2023. The University has told employees that deductions in pay will be made as soon as practicable, from the first salary or stipend installment following receipt of notification of participation. You may wish to consider this when making a decision about when to notify the University of your participation in industrial action. You have no obligation to notify the University of your participation until you are asked. If you intend to notify the University, you can either use the form on the University’s Industrial Action website or simply email the University’s Director of HR directly to inform her you were on strike.

Whilst UCU is not able to give assistance to all members taking strike action, the union offers the following financial support for members at risk of serious hardship. Union members must ensure they pay subscriptions at the correct rate in order to be eligible. 

1. UCU’s National Fighting Fund 

This provides for strike pay available from the national UCU office. 

Members can apply online for strike funding from the national Fighting Fund, subject to certain criteria and evidence of financial loss. Strike pay is available for each day of industrial action called by UCU in which members have participated and pay has been docked except for the first two days of strike action taken and depending on your salary: 

      • those of you earning £30,000 or more will be able to claim up to £50 from the second day onwards (subject to a cap of 11 days);
      • those of you earning below £30,000 will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the second day onwards (subject to a cap of 11 days)

Guidelines for funding from the national Fighting Fund can be found at: National Fighting Fund Guidance (pdf) 

2. Local Hardship Fund 

The branch has its own funds to help those of our local members most in need. Information, Guidelines for Members and an application form are available to download.

All members can apply to the local fund after they’ve first applied to the national fund. CUCU members can apply for up to a maximum of £50 or £75 additional support per day of strike from the Local Hardship Fund. As with the national Fighting Fund, support is only available for pay docked from the third day of strike action, following participation in two days of strike action. It may also be subject to a cap. Applications are dealt with on a case by case basis and the amounts awarded may vary according to members’ circumstances.

To apply, complete the Local Hardship Fund application form, scan it, append relevant pay documents and return it by email to

Claims can not be made until after the first pay date following the end of the action. Importantly, note that:

      1. Members must be on the University payroll as contracted employees or receive University stipends to apply to the fund. 
      2. We’re also covering the travel costs of members who live elsewhere, but who’ve come up to Cambridge to picket.

A period of industrial action is extremely busy for national and local UCU staff. If you have a query about financial support or eligibility for members, please help us by directing your inquiry to the right place: 

    1. For questions regarding the national UCU Fighting Fund, please contact UCU Head office:
    2. For questions about the CUCU Local Hardship Fund, please email