Become a member

Find out about the different categories of membership, how much it costs and join today.

You can join UCU online.

Subscription rate

The monthly subscription rate for UCU membership at The University of Sheffield consists of two elements:

  • the National Subscription (dependent on salary)
  • plus a local subscription (dependent on salary): £3.65 if you earn £60,000 and above, £3.54 if you earn £40,000-£59,999, £2.60 if you earn £30,000-39,999, £2.36 if you earn £20,000-29,999, £2.31 if you earn £15,000-19,999, and nil if your earn less than £14,999.

Student and Postgraduate membership

If you are an enrolled PhD student who is also contracted to teach at the higher education institution at which you are registered for your PhD studies, we offer free membership for up to four years for up to four years. Standard Free membership is not designed for existing staff who subsequently register for a PhD where they work.

UCU’s ‘student membership’ category is open to students training to teach in post-school education, including PGCE students. If you are a postgraduate student at a university or HE college and are planning a career in higher education (but are not an employed postgraduate student) you are also eligible for student membership. This category of membership is free while you complete your studies.

Retired Membership

Read about your options for retired membership.

FAQs about joining UCU

Find your answer on UCU’s FAQ page.