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UCU member in need of assistance?

Members of UCU belong to branches, which are generally workplace-based. These members directly elect their own officers who negotiate and represent members locally, with support from full-time staff in regional offices throughout the UK. They also elect delegates to the union’s congress, either directly or, from smaller institutions and workplaces, through aggregations of smaller branches and local associations.

UCU generally tries to resolve members’ problems through negotiation, usually at a local level.  Click here for national guidance

The first point of contact for UCU members who require advice / representation is your local UCU branch.

Individual branch contact details are provided under the ‘Northern Region Branches’ tab.

For members who work somewhere there is no UCU branch, please contact your Regional Office


90 day waiting period

Members requesting any assistance should be aware that their membership status will be checked. Part of the membership check will be to ensure the member fulfils UCU’s 90 day waiting period. Like insurance, trade unions only work if there is membership in advance of a problem. Union members need to join before problems arise.

It is important to remember that members are not normally eligible for either advice / representation / legal services if an issue / dispute started either:

a) before joining UCU OR
b) occurred during the 90 day waiting period
The waiting period does not apply to those who join UCU within 30 days of starting employment.


This regional website

Please note, this website is not intended as a comprehensive resource on UCU events and issues.  The national website for UCU is

Our region’s primary method of online communication is our Twitter account @UCUNorthern You do not require a Twitter account to view our Twitter page. Simply click on the link: