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  • your work involves providing or professionally supporting education, training or research (for example, if you are a lecturer, teaching fellow, language instructor, research fellow, etc.); or
  • you are studying at postgraduate level and intend to follow a career in this line of work

Membership is free for postgraduate researchers.

UCU has joint arrangements with a number of other trade unions. You may be eligible for joint membership if you are an existing member of BECTU, the British Orthoptic Society, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Musicians’ Union, the National Union of Journalists, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists or the Society of Radiographers.

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