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10 reasons to join UOP UCU



University of Portsmouth UCU branch reps support individual members from simple advice to representation. Reps are backed up by full-time UCU officials. Issues include workload, grievances, redundancies and pay.


UCU reps attend meetings with HR & Management. We discuss a range of issues and policies including pay, workloads, cover and unpaid duties.


UCU’s legal scheme is provided by specialist employment lawyers. Members have access to legal advice that covers employment rights, personal injury (including workplace stress) and police enquiries.


Portsmouth UCU branch meetings are an opportunity to raise issues, share concerns with colleagues and find out what is happening across the University.


Free professional development courses and resources including Classroom Management, Starting Out: getting the most from your career,, Voice Care, Mentoring and Leadership in education.


UCU is a national trade union and professional association. We have almost 110,000 members. Nationally we represent your pension interests, negotiate pay rises and raise issues in Parliament – including job cuts, funding and education provision.


Be part of a network that includes academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and post-graduates. Whether you are permanent, fixed-term or part-time UCU is your union.


24/7 support, including counselling on personal and workplace issues, is available through Education Support Partnership.


Subscriptions are banded on what you earn: £1 per month if you earn less than £5,000, £11.14 (£10,000 – £19,999) and £19.37 (£30,000 – £39,999). See:


Income tax relief on your UCU membership subscription  Most UCU members can claim tax relief on 67% of the national subscription paid to UCU, backdated for 4 years.  Full information, including a downloadable claim form, can be found at:


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