Join UCU

Sign up to the Union and join the strike to defend your pension.

You can join UCU online now

Join Cambridge University UCU pickets during the strike

It only takes a few minutes to join our more than 1,100 members in Cambridge. We represent a huge range of people from academics, academic-related and support staff to managers, computer staff, librarians and postgraduate students. As a branch, we are bigger and stronger than we have ever been, and with your support we will win this dispute.

Joining UCU will enable you to join the strike as soon as you have signed up (see our FAQs). If you would like to support the strike further, sign up to join our picket lines or volunteer to give a teach-out lecture and other help by emailing

Benefits of joining 

Beyond the industrial action, membership will also give you access to a national and local academic network, professional legal advice, local representation at work and an extensive professional development programme. See the UCU’s FAQs .

Subscription rate

The national subscription rate for UCU is here

Student and Postgraduate membership

There are two ways to join the UCU as a graduate student, both are free:

  • For those employed to teach or related work, full membership is available (choose full standard membership and then choose the free option).
  • For those who do not teach, but who are planning a career in higher education, you can join as a free student member.

Retired Membership

Read about your options for retired membership.