Important We have issued detailed guidance for FE branches in light of the UK government's announcement that colleges in England are expected to reopen from 1 June. All guidance is continually under review. Please contact your branch or regional office if faced with an urgent issue.

Covid-19 - branch guidance

Covid-19 guidance for branches

Advice and guidance for branches on functioning during the Covid-19 crisis.


We have  published a detailed guidance document for UCU branches on how to engage with employers and ensure that any new working arrangements and other measures protect staff and respect their rights:

Covid-19 crisis: branch bargaining guidance [290kb]

We will continue to update this advice when necessary and provide support for branches with any specific local challenges they face. 

Reopening colleges

In light of the UK government's announcement that colleges should reopen from 1 June 2020, we have also issued advice to FE branches to inform discussions with employers about any future return to the workplace [220kb]

Protecting jobs in higher education

Looking at the report from London Economics commissioned by UCU to try and get a sense of the scale of the likely impact of the Covid-19 crisis on higher education, and suggestions for branches on how to use the report findings at a local level: Protecting jobs in HE from the impact of Covid-19 [160kb]

Union democracy

Guidance for the conduct of union business by branches and regions/devolved nations during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Democratic continuity: advice for branches, regions/devolved nations [234kb]

See also:

Last updated: 14 May 2020