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About us

The University and College Union (UCU) was formed in 2006 by merging the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) and the Association of University Teachers (AUT).

At the University of Manchester, UCU represents and negotiates for academic and academic related staff, including lecturers, researchers, experimental officers, administrative officers, more senior library and computing staff and postgraduate students who are paid to undertake teaching duties. 

There is a sliding scale of membership subscriptions which reflects earnings for the various roles and ensures that UCU membership is value for money. 

UCU is the recognised trade union for these categories and therefore negotiates salaries and terms and conditions for all such staff. 

Reasons to be a member

  • The opportunity to influence negotiations with the university and, as a result, influence the way that the university is run and the way it treats staff
  • Protection afforded by the collective nature of the union.  The more members, the stronger this is
  • Being kept informed of important developments in the university and elsewhere in higher education
  • If things go badly for you, individual assistance from an experienced personal case worker
  • The more members UCU has, the better it can protect your interests

Further information

Please contact the UMUCU Office (ground floor, Crawford House, Central And West entrance, Booth Street East) at: