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UCU is aware that some ARPS staff in areas such as IT and facilities will need to attend on-site as part of skeleton staffing teams, to ensure that their institution can continue to function and to provide and maintain essential services eg, IT support for online teaching and learning. Please read our guidance for ARPS members here. [152kb]

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Academic-related and professional services staff

UCU is the voice for academic-related and professional services staff (ARPS) working in UK higher education.

Through our national and local initiatives, and through the academic-related manifesto, we are focusing on the key role that academic-related and professional services staff play both as part of the academic team in higher education and as members of the union.

We aim to ensure that:

  • the contribution of academic-related and professional services staff to higher education is acknowledged through higher pay, better opportunities for personal and career development, improved working conditions, and an appropriate work-life balance
  • higher education institutions properly value and recognise the contribution and expertise of academic-related and professional services staff, particularly in the composition of their governing bodies.

UCU is strengthened by the increased involvement of academic-related professional members at all levels of the union.

Our manifesto
Our demands

Academic-related and professional services staff exist as a discrete and substantive group within higher education. We share the same interests as our academic colleagues of striving to create excellence in education and are an integral part of the academic team.

ARPS logo However, our efforts in maintaining higher education standards in an ever-changing world often result in lower pay, redundancies and reduction of services, which immediately result in higher workloads for academics and the ongoing high stress levels in academia. Read the ARPS manifesto for our demands of employers. [302kb]

Download and circulate the manifesto flyer [126kb]

Download and display the ARPS poster [55kb]

Academic-related and professional services staff within UCU

The UCU academic-related staff committee advises the national executive committee. Any ARPS staff member can stand for the committee.

The committee is elected during the academic-related staff annual meeting, which is open to all ARPS staff members.

Academic-related news Check the latest academic-related newsletter for the latest news.

For further information please email:

Last updated: 28 September 2020