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PhD Students – Free professional trade union membership

Available to PhD students for the full duration of your studies, i.e. up to 4 years. UCU represents academic staff across the United Kingdom and is formally recognised by Heriot-Watt University.

UCU is also a professional trade union, i.e. being a member entitles you to support if you encounter employment-related problems as a PhD student (most PhD students take on paid work with the University).

FREE professional development courses are also available to members, e.g. leadership, taking care of your voice, assertiveness, grant writing, etc.

Further information and a FAQ is available at Future of the profession. Go to the Join UCU web page to join online.

If you are wondering what trade unions do or are for, we highly recommend you watch this very short, informative and humorous video on what trade unions have done for all working people over many  decades.

Please do contact the branch office if you require any further information.

UCU Branch Committee

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