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Free UCU membership for doctoral students who teach

The University and College Union (UCU) is committed to supporting you at the start of your career and then throughout your time within higher education.  

UCU fights to improve salaries and campaigns on a range of issues affecting working conditions, including fairer contracts for casualised staff and tackling insecure employment.  Membership offers you protection in the workplace along with a CPD programme designed to help you make the most of your career.  

UCU's stand in defence of pensions demonstrates it is an active union, keen to ensure that your contribution to the profession is recognised and valued.

You can join UCU today at ucu.org.uk/free

Jiani Zhou, the SU Postgraduate Officer, fully supports the UCU offer to doctoral students:

"The SU has long campaigned for improvements in the poor conditions of work for postgraduates. Low rates of pay are often pushed even lower because postgrads don’t get paid enough preparation time. UCU is recognised by university employers as the sole negotiator of pay, pensions and other conditions of work for academic and academic related staff. 

"UCU is now offering FREE membership to all postgraduate students whether they work or not. The SU is very supportive of our students joining UCU, a union in which we have a good working relationship. Thousands of postgrads are signing up nationally for UCU’s free membership offer, knowing that there is strength in numbers and we recommend you to take advantage of the free membership offer.