Kingston UCU branch

UCU is the recognised trade union for academic and academic-related staff at Kingston University, including those on temporary and hourly-paid contracts and PhD students.

As a branch we fight to protect and improve the terms and conditions of Kingston staff, and negotiate directly with management on policies and procedures that affect us. We coordinate with colleagues in UNISON, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) so everyone working at Kingston can stand up together for their interests.

We also support, advise and represent members experiencing workplace issues like bullying and harassment, or going through sickness absence, disciplinary or grievance procedures.

The University and College Union (UCU)

Nationally, the UCU represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. It is the largest post-school union in the world. UCU negotiates nationally on salaries, pensions & employment conditions, and campaigns on issues like workload, casualisation and climate change.

We are a member-led union that is democratically run and organised

Join UCU online today

It takes only 10 minutes to join, and costs as little as £1 per month, depending on your earnings (and it’s free for postgraduate students who teach!) Join UCU now.

Recent Posts

Press coverage of Kingston UCU on strike 1-3rd December 2021

Regular strike updates are being posted on twitter and instagram – thanks to everyone for their support!

The River scooped the story of the UCU strike at Kingston with an article by Diego Evrard-Broquet. We’ve had some great conversations at the picket lines with other River writers, showing the strength and quality of teaching in the Department of Journalism, Publishing and Media despite job cuts this summer that have seen staff workloads increase.

Fantastic support from students was evident in a report by James Mayer for MyLondon: ‘London university students support lecturer strikes but say tuition fees are wasted’

  1. Press release: Kingston UCU members to take industrial action from 1 December Leave a Reply
  2. Response to Email from HR Director & Strike Update Leave a Reply
  3. Strike action starts next week Leave a Reply
  4. Kingston UCU members to strike 1st -3rd December, followed by action short of a strike Leave a Reply
  5. Four Fights ballot result: Kingston staff vote for industrial action Leave a Reply
  6. Updates on Four Fights dispute ballot Leave a Reply
  7. Ballot on industrial action over Four Fights dispute opens Leave a Reply
  8. Kingston UCU members on USS pension scheme – update Leave a Reply
  9. Branch Newsletter: October 2021 Leave a Reply