UCU Congress 2019

Saturday 25 May - Monday 27 May

UCU Congress 2019 will be held in Harrogate at the Harrogate Convention Centre.  

The Congress Business Committee met on 22 March and considered motions submitted to Congress and the FE and HE sector conferences.  The committee's first report setting out the motions, as ordered by the committee, is now available.  Amendments to motions are now invited (see below).




Childcare facilities

Fringe & social events

Congress Papers

Amendments to motions

Delegate entitlements

Congress Business Committee



Registration for Congress is now open!

Online registration is available and delegates are encouraged to use it where possible. 

Delegates can register online here

Note: a separate online registration form exists for members who are attending in a capacity other than that of a branch or regional committee delegate (such as NEC members, trustees, delegates or observers from regional committees). These members will be contacted directly with a different link by email. If you require further information please contact Sue Bajwa.

The deadline for registration is 5pm on  Monday 22  April

Once registered delegates will receive an email confirmation to say their registration has been received.


All accommodation will be booked by UCU for delegates on a bed and bed breakfast basis. Delegates will be asked to indicate their requirements for accommodation when they register to attend Congress, and no further action is required from delegates or branches to book accommodation.

As in previous years, delegates from the same region will be put into the same hotel where possible. Delegates are urged to register as early as possible and no later than the 19 April deadline in order to assist us in organising the accommodation in this way.

Delegates' hotels will be confirmed by letter approximately  three weeks ahead of Congress. However, an email to confirm accommodation requests will be sent out soon after registration. If you have not received confirmation a few weeks after your registration please contact Sue Bajwa.

If you make a cancellation four weeks or more before Congress, it is likely (but not certain) that we can make arrangements so as not to incur accommodation costs. Cancellations made less than three weeks before Congress will usually require the union to pay the full cost of accommodation.

Hotels will usually request credit card details on arrival. This is the usual practice of many hotels as you will be charged for any extra costs incurred during your stay (e.g. newspapers/phone calls etc). Any hotel extras should be settled by delegates prior to departure and if not, will be invoiced to delegates by the hotel. Please also see the expenses section below.


Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid to cover costs necessarily incurred in attending Congress, including delegates' travel from work or home addresses within the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These expenses will be met centrally by UCU. Receipts must be submitted in respect of all expenses claimed, whether travel or subsistence. An expenses claim form specific to Congress will be made available to delegates.

Hotel accommodation for delegates will be paid for directly by UCU; other necessary subsistence costs (such as evening meals) will be reimbursed to delegates in accordance with the expense claim form.

Delegates are asked to minimise their expenses wherever possible, including booking advance travel tickets.


A crèche/kids' club will be provided during the hours of Congress business and official fringe meetings, and there will be no charge for this facility where alternative arrangements cannot be made. Please indicate on the registration form if you require this service, and the relevant forms will be sent out to you. Please make sure that we are notified of your requirements by the deadline of 19 April 2019.

Alternatively, members may claim a dependants' allowance to contribute to additional care expenses incurred directly in relation to attendance at Congress. Details of the scheme are available upon request from the Sue Bajwa.


There will be a welcome reception at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Friday 24 May, and a delegate dinner for all members on Sunday 26 May 2019.  Delegates must register if they are attending these.

Fringe meetings will take place on Saturday & Sunday lunchtime.  A programme of official fringe meetings will be available nearer to the time


Congress papers - reducing printed paperwork

Congress papers will be available to download from a dedicated page on UCU's website. Papers will be uploaded as they become available. In addition, an email will be sent to all delegates on 17 May, when all advance papers are expected to have been uploaded, reminding them where the papers can be found.

Only delegates who indicate, in response to the relevant question on the online registration form, that they do want to receive a hard copy Congress mailing, will receive a mailing of all Congress papers, which will be posted on Friday 17 May.

All delegates that requested accommodation will be sent a hard copy of their accommodation details approximately three weeks before Congress, along with a document that sets out practical information about Congress attendance.

The final bound agenda of motions and amendments will be available for all delegates to collect on arrival, as in previous years.

Amendments to motions

The deadline for submission of Congress and FE and HE sector motions was noon on Friday 15 March 2019.  The Congress Business Committee's first report which orders the motions has now been issued as branch circular UCU936.  Amendments can be submitted using an online form.   The deadline for amendments is noon on Friday 3 May 2019.  Late motions may also be submitted using this online form by the 3 May deadline. In submitting a 'late' motion the submitting body must explain how the late motion criteria [35kb] has been met.

Further information about submission of amendments can be found in branch circular UCU936.  Any queries about the submission of amendments, please contact: Kay Metcalfe


Information about delegate entitlements for Congress and the sector conferences is available here.


Nominations are sought for two HE and two FE members of the Congress Business Committee (CBC).  The term of office is from the close of Congress 2019, for a term of two years.  Nominations are also sought for a one-year casual vacancy for a HE member of CBC, to take up office from the close of Congress 2019.  Nominations should be submitted to reach UCU not later than 12 noon on Friday 17 May. Nominations will be re-opened at the Congress meeting only if insufficient nominations are received by the 17 May deadline. If ballots are required, these will be held during the course of the Congress meeting.

Click here for Congress standing orders [146kb]

Key documents

First report of the Congress Business Committee: motions
UCU936.html | UCU936.rtf

Democracy Commission: interim report
UCU934.html | UCU934.rtf

Proposed subscription rates; report on review of subscriptions
UCU933.html | UCU933.rtf

Proposed budget for year ending 31 August 2020
UCU932.html | UCU932.rtf

Financial statements to 31 August 2018
UCU931 | UCU931

Appeal Panel: call for nominations
UCU930.html | UCU930.rtf

Distinguished Service Awards in 2019
UCU929.html | UCU 929.rtf

Report of the NEC to Congress 2019
UCU928.html | UCU928.rtf


Last updated: 29 March 2019