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How much does it cost to be a UCU member?

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Young workers need the union more than ever. As part of UCU's drive to support education workers at the start of their careers we are offering free membership to some further and higher staff. Find out more here.

UCU membership can cost from as little as £1 per month depending on your earnings. Most members can reduce their subscription by claiming income tax relief.

The subscription rates applicable from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021 are as set out below:


National subscriptions

Arising from the decisions of UCU's national congress and the National Executive Committee, the subscription rates for 2020/21 have now been agreed. Please see below a table showing the new rates taking effect on 1 September 2020. Subscription rate changes this year continue our move towards a more proportional system. The boundary between bands F3 and F4 has been changed (to £22,000) in order to reduce subscriptions for lower paid members in F3. Rates have been frozen for bands F3-F6, while bands F2 to F0 have had a graded increase (more for F0 than for F2). The ongoing review process will continue through next year.

National UCU subscription rates for UCU members to 31 August 2021
Employment income band (excluding London Weighting)Including political fund (per month)Excluding political fund (per month)
£60,000 & above (F0)£27.38£27.11
£40,000 - £59,999 (F1)£24.17£23.94
£30,000 - £39,999 (F2)£21.26£21.06
£22,000 - £29,999 (F3)£18.13£17.96
£15,000 - £21,999 (F4)£10.81£10.71
£5,000 - £14,999 (F5)£4.71£4.67
Below £5,000 (F6)£1.00£0.99

Note: UCU operates a political fund which expressly does not contribute to any political party, but is used for campaigning and lobbying to promote the interests of UCU members. The contribution level is one percent of the national subscription rate. Members may opt in to the fund. If you choose not to contribute to the political fund you shall not be excluded from any benefits of the union or placed in any respect, either directly or indirectly, under a disability or at a disadvantage as compared to other members of the union. Information Local subscriptions: some local associations and branches levy a small additional local sub for local branch use.Join UCU online today ►

Telephone purple Or join over the phone: 0333 207 0719*


*Lines open 9.15am-4.45pm Mon-Fri. Calls are charged at standard rates; if you have inclusive call minutes or an allowance calls to this number are usually included (please check with your provider).


Joint union members

Different rates are applicable, according to annual salary band, for joint BOS, CSP, Musicians' Union, RCM, RCN, SCP, and SOR members.

Joint union membership subscription rates for UCU members to 31 August 2021
Employment income band (excluding London Weighting)Including political fund (per month)Excluding political fund (per month)
£60,000 & above (F0)£20.53£20.33
£40,000 - £59,999 (F1)£18.12£17.95
£30,000 - £39,999 (F2)£15.94£15.79
£22,000 - £29,999 (F3)£13.59£13.47
£15,000 - £21,999 (F4)£8.10£8.03
£5,000 - £14,999 (F5)£3.53£3.50
Below £5,000 (F6)£0.75£0.74

Note: UCU operates a political fund which expressly does not contribute to any political party, but is used for campaigning and lobbying to promote the interests of UCU members. The contribution level is one percent of the national subscription rate. Members may opt in to the fund. If you choose not to contribute to the political fund you shall not be excluded from any benefits of the union or placed in any respect, either directly or indirectly, under a disability or at a disadvantage as compared to other members of the union.Join UCU online today ►

Telephone purple Or join over the phone: 0333 207 0719*


*Lines open 9.15am-4.45pm Mon-Fri. Calls are charged at standard rates; if you have inclusive call minutes or an allowance calls to this number are usually included (please check with your provider).


Retired/attached members

The rate for 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021 for retired and attached members is £2.91 per month (£2.89 excluding the political fund). Attached unemployed members seeking employment pay nothing (for one year from date of becoming an attached member).

Last updated: 21 August 2020