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UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

Why join UCU? Almost 120,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU – the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

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Subscription rates start as low as £1 and most members can claim tax relief on 67% of the subscription which reduces the cost even more.

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A strong union requires active members. To get involved at a local level, for example as a departmental rep or to help individual members as a ‘caseworker’  email

For further details on how to get involved locally in the Portsmouth Branch please email

What help are you entitled to after you join?

You will be entitled to advice straight away once your application has been accepted by UCU; however, for legal and financial advice at Portsmouth we follow the national UCU guidelines of a conditional period of 90 days following joining It is also important to remember that in general we provide advice to colleagues only on problems which have arisen since they became members of the union.  If you would like to speak to one of the committee please email