Lancaster University & College Union

UCU represents academic and academic-related staff employed by Lancaster University to negotiate in many areas of everyday working life.

Membership includes professors,lecturers, research staff, experimental officers, administrative, library and computing staff; full-time, part-time and hourly-paid; permanent and fixed-term contract.

Join UCU online using this link or
Call: 0333 207 0719 to join.

Free membership offer to PhD students - see: free membership.

USS Strike Action Agreed

Strikes will begin on Thursday 22 February

The strike dates are:
  • Week one - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February (two days)
  • Week two - Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)
  • Week three - Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)
  • Week four - Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)


Essential Reading

See: to keep up with what is happening.

Is there a Strike Fund? Yes. There is a National Strike Fund (pdf) and a Local Strike Fund

How to donate to the Local Strike Fund - Last time we went on strike we organised a fund for colleagues who would be particularly hard hit by the loss of income. Colleagues, particularly those on higher incomes, donated very generously to the Fund and we were able to respond to people’s needs.

If you would like to donate to the Local Strike Fund:

Account Name: UCU Lancaster LA28

Bank: Unity Trust Bank

Account number: 20057842

Sort Code: 60 – 83 – 01

Or by cheque, made payable to: Lancaster UCU.
Address for cheques: c/o Louise Banton (UCU Branch Administrator), UCU Office (A19), Welcome Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW

How to claim from the Local Strike Fund - Please do not let financial hardship stop you from exercising your right to strike. We are here to support you. If you would like to make a confidential enquiry about the fund, please contact the treasurer ( Please note, Full membership of UCU is required in order to claim (although there is no requirement to have been a full member for a certain time), plus evidence of salary loss and strike participation. Lancaster Hardship Fund details are available for download click here (pdf)

National UCU Newsletters - Keeping you informed

Follow the link below to access the national UCU newsletters.

The model rules (approved 25th January 2017 at the Lancaster UCU AGM) can be downloaded and read in two formats.