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UCU offers a range of benefits including good working hours, generous annual leave entitlement and membership of a pension scheme. UCU is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications from suitable people with a disability are welcome. London-based employees receive a London allowance. 

Current vacancies

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If you have a disability and would like any help completing your application, or if you need an application pack, in a different format, please contact the personnel department on 020 7756 2558 or email

Please note that CVs in isolation are not accepted.

Current vacancies

Postgraduate researchers as staff campaign lead (fixed term for 22 months)

£43,935 pa. inc. LW

UCU's democratically-agreed policy is that postgraduate researchers (PGRs) in higher education should be recognised as staff, rather than students, and given full employment rights. UCU is therefore looking for someone to fill the challenging new role of Post Graduate Researchers as Staff Campaign Lead.

For this role, based (normally) in our NW1 head office, and working with the relevant UCU departments, you will coordinate UCU's activities in this area by consolidating existing networks of PGR members, building branches' capacity to advance PGR members' interests, and spearheading the union's UK-wide lobbying and campaigning activities. You will also be expected to identify and work towards specific interim targets while remaining focused on the overall goals of the campaign. Other duties include analysing trends in the recruitment of student members as well as arranging and hosting large-scale online and in person campaign events for PGR members undertaking research and teaching.

You will need a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting student members of UCU, and postgraduate researchers in particular, and a strong awareness of the principles of organising and collective bargaining. You will have a commitment to equality and inclusion; be an effective administrator, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work on your own initiative.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email quoting job reference PGR1.

Application pack: Postgraduate researchers as staff campaign lead (PGR1) [275kb]

Closing date for applications: 5 August 2021 at 10am

Interview date: 2 September 2021

Executive officer to the general secretary

£50,100 p.a. inc. LW

A rare opportunity has arisen for someone to fill the role of executive officer to our general secretary. In this key role, based (normally) in our head office in NW1, you will manage the general secretary's office, including staff within the team, and handle the provision of administrative, political and research support to the general secretary. Other duties of the role include:

  • compiling material for, and drafting regular reports to national executive committee (UCU's major elected decision-making body) and its finance sub-committee
  • providing administrative support to UCU's senior management team
  • managing all communications to and from the general secretary's office; preparing reports and briefing papers and drafting correspondence
  • supervising the general secretary's diary and travel arrangements
  • liaising with the TUC, trades unions and other external bodies
  • attending TUC Congress and supporting UCU's delegation
  • attending annual congress and providing advice and support to the general secretary for its duration.

The role is perfect for someone who is highly organised, has a knowledge of the UK political system and is able to lead and develop individuals and teams/groups. You will have exceptional written and spoken communication skills and be an advanced user of Microsoft applications. With the ability to use your judgement and work independently, you will be skilled in forming positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and have a strong, demonstrable commitment to the trade union movement as well as to equality and inclusion.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email quoting job reference EO1.

Application pack: Executive officer to the general secretary (EO1) [276kb]

Closing date for applications: 27 July 2021 at 10am

Interview date: 12 August 2021

UCU Scotland administrator (maternity cover)

£34,107 pa.

From our office (normally) in Glasgow, you will provide administrative support for the day-to-day operation of the office. 

Duties include organising the annual UCU Scotland Congress; assisting with organising/campaigning activities, training events, UCU Scotland elections and industrial action ballots. Handling the daily accounting and minuting meetings will also form part of your duties. 

You will need experience of providing administrative support at a senior level; excellent organisational skills; a knowledge of financial accounting methods; excellent communication skills and a knowledge of the implications of working in a trade union or other not-for-profit organisation.   

The cover will be required for approximately 12 months (or whenever the maternity leave ends, whichever is soonest), the successful candidate commencing late September 2021.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email quoting job reference SA1.

Application pack: UCU Scotland administrator (SA1) [277kb]

Closing date for applications: 3 August 2021 at 10am

Interview date: 16 August 2021