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

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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

Updates on the fight to #SaveKingstonUni

Kingston staff have told local journalists at the Surrey Comet about how devastated and horrified they are by the neglect and indifference of management, whose catalogue of poor decisions have directly damaged the courses being closed, and who are refusing to set out what cuts to actual jobs they are proposing and what this will mean for students and staff who remain.

Professional associations have denounced the course closures including the Royal Historical Society, History UK, the Society for the Study of Labour History, the Political Studies Association, the British International Studies Association, and the Association for Contemporary European Studies. They have highlighted how the closure of these courses at universities like Kingston with many first-generation students and a high proportion of BAME,commuting and local students, limits access and participation and damages democracy.

The student-led campaigns #SaveKingstonUni and #SaveKUPolitics continue on apace, but the VC has refused to meet with students.

Over 500 supporters have signed the petition to stop the cuts at Kingston. Numerous UCU branches have shared their support online and at solidarity meetings.

These cuts are part of attacks across our sector on the arts, humanities and social sciences, London South Bank, Chester, Leicester, Aston and Sheffield are facing similar cuts. But there are also cuts in health and life sciences – Liverpool have started 3 weeks of strike action against redundancies (donate to their strike fund here: This is an ideological attack on higher education.

The only way management will back down if you, your co-workers and fellow students make them.

How you can stop the cuts at Kingston:

  • Sign the petition and share it with everyone in your department / course / school.
  • Share it on social media with #SaveKingstonUni #savekupolitics #savekuhistory #savekumedia #savekufilm
  • Support the campaigns on Twitter: @kingstonucu @uni_kingston @savekupolitics. Instagram: @savekingstonuni @savekupolitics @kingstonucu
  • Write to the VC and Board of Governors using the template letter
  • Come to meetings like the UCU Solidarity Network Organising to Win – Support the Disputes! rally 6pm 27th May Register:
  • Come to branch meetings – keep an eye on inboxes for details
  1. #SaveKingstonUni Leave a Reply
  2. Update: Threats to jobs in Politics, History, Media & Communications and Film Studies Leave a Reply
  3. UCU condemns KU decision to suspend recruitment to Politics, International Relations and Human Rights UG courses Leave a Reply
  4. KU UCU branch votes unanimously to oppose suspension of recruitment to Politics courses and demand consultation Leave a Reply
  5. KU 2022+ – KU UCU first response Leave a Reply
  6. Kingston Politics Department is under threat! 2 Replies
  7. KU UCU working group on promotion, Domains and web profiles Leave a Reply
  8. Mental Health Awareness Leave a Reply
  9. Update on situation in Nursing Leave a Reply