Strike action in higher education


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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

Living Wage employer : This link opens in a new window If you feel you have the necessary experience, and wish to apply for a vacancy, please download a copy of the relevant application pack and return as instructed. 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

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Current vacancies

Bargaining & Negotiations Official (Health & Safety)

Salary: £54,054 p.a. (inc. LW)

We are looking for someone, skilled in collective representation and policy formation, with a focus on health & safety, who is able to provide technical support and advice to members, branches and staff. Based in London NW1, you will develop and implement campaigns, carry out research in designated areas, prepare reports and other documents, and represent UCU at a wide range of meetings.

You will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the health and safety legal framework and a working knowledge of employment practices, research methods and techniques. You will be expected to further develop UCU's workload campaign using trade union organising strategies, with a health and safety approach, to build the union's bargaining and negotiation capacity at branch level. With your excellent communication skills, you will be highly numerate and computer literate.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email or call our recruitment line on 020 7756 2558 (24 hours) quoting job reference BNO1.

Application pack: Bargaining and Negotiations Official (health & safety) (BNO1) [251kb]

Closing date for applications: 9 January 2020 at 10 am

Interview date: 24 January 2020

Branch Administrator/Organiser - Durham University UCU

(part-time, 0.3)

Salary: £9,934 p.a. (£33,114 p.a. pro rata)

The University of Durham UCU branch is seeking to appoint someone to assist with managing its office, with minimal supervision. The successful candidate will work 10.5 hours per week.
You will develop and implement a recruitment strategy, undertake organising activities, keep the branch website up to date, and take minutes. With sound organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, you will have knowledge of the implications of working for a trade union or other not-for-profit organisation, be the first point of contact for members and be expected to support the branch officers in all aspects of your work for UCU.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email or call our recruitment line on 020 7756 2558 (24 hours) quoting job reference BAO3.

Application pack: Branch Administrator/Organiser, Durham University UCU (BAO3) [252kb]

Closing date for applications: 7 January 2020 at 10am

Interview date: 21 January 2020