How To Join

We can represent all members of staff at grade 6 and above. If you are paying into the USS pension scheme, you are eligible to join. We can also represent research students who can join for free as student (non-teaching) or full (teaching) members.

By phone: 0333 207 0719 

03XX numbers are local cost calls and are usually included in mobile and landline call packages (though callers should check with their own provider). A call to join can take about 8-10 minutes and you will must have your bank details (account number and sort code) to hand. Membership is instantly confirmed at the end of the call.

Online at via your smartphone, tablet or PC.

To complete the application on-line, c. 10 minutes, you must set up a direct debit to UCU through a secure connection and have the following information to hand:

  • Bank sort code
  • Bank account number
  • Full name(s) the account is held in

Membership is confirmed at the end of the process. If you encounter any problems, please email or contact the HWUCU branch office. UCU members can claim 67% income tax relief on the total annual subscription paid.

Subscription Rates 2023/24

UCU subscription rates are based on earnings and are applicable from 1 September to 31 August each year. Please ensure that you pay the correct subscription; failure to do so may disqualify you from receiving legal advice and other benefits. Part-time staff pay the subscription appropriate to their pro-rated salary. UCU members can claim 67% income tax relief on the total annual subscription paid.

Band Income band Monthly subscription
F0 £60,000 and above £32.90
F1 £40,000 – £59,999 £28.71
F2 £30,000 – £39,999 £25.01
F3 £22,000 – £29,999 £20.19
F4 £15,000 – £21,999 £11.84
F5 £5,000 – £14,999 £5.61
F6 below £5,000 £2.00

The subscriptions comprise a national levy, covering all national and regional activity, plus a small local subscription. Changes to the national rate are approved at UCU Congress annually; local increases are approved at the Branch AGM.

Subscriptions include a 1% political fund contribution. UCU’s political fund does not expressly contribute to political parties; all of our political fund income is used to promote the interests of UCU members, campaigning and lobbying irrespective of party political affiliation. Members, on an individual basis, can opt out of paying this contribution.

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