Or follow the link to the National UCU Support Centre to find answers to many of the most common queries we receive, together with other useful material to inform and support you in your employment and union membership.
If you want specific advice or assistance to resolve an employment related issue please go to Casework
Recourse is a charity that offers support services to all staff in further and higher education and their families, including:
All these services can be accessed online at Recourse's website or through a 24/7 telephone support line, on Freephone 0808 802 03 04.
UCU Legal scheme
Members who wish to make use of the Legal Protection at Work Scheme should follow the advice contained on the UCU website (you will need to enter your UCU membership number). Please ALWAYS contact the Personal Case Officer at SUCU to discuss using the scheme.
The scheme covers employment rights, personal injury (including workplace stress) and police enquiries. It excludes defamation, representation by your own legal advisers, where your interests are in conflict with UCU's, and to bring legal action against UCU.
Claiming Tax Relief on UCU subs
Members can claim 67% tax relief on the total annual subscription paid to UCU - up to the last four years. UCU subscriptions start on 1st Sept each year so please take care to consider this when making your calculations.
Click here to download a template letter for you to send to the HMRC, with spaces for your individual info.
You can find more information about how to claim your tax back at www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3420. This includes the National subscription rates for the relevant tax years.
You will also need to add the amount allowable against tax for the Local Sub if you were eligible to pay this, ie if your salary was £10,000 or above.