The University and College Union (UCU) is the trade union for all academic and academic-related staff in higher education. It is able to represent the views of staff working in administration, lecturing, research, computing, library and other areas of HE. Within the School there is a strong local branch, which represents members in national committees and council meetings (see the UCU website for more details).

At LSHTM a locally elected committee meets to discuss issues relevant to the School. The committee has regular meetings with School management to discuss and resolve areas that affect members. The committee and individual members made substantial contribution to the School’s strategy review, and the local implementation and appeals process of the PayFramework Agreement. The UCU committee continually advocate greater transparency in the decision-making in the School.

UCU members believe that our contribution as professional researchers, teachers and and academic-related professionals must be properly recognised and rewarded. We stand for permanent employment rights for all, and fight against inequality and discrimination, both in the School and in the wider world.

UCU can help you in many ways. Many members have received advice from UCU on employment rights, and other problems they face at work, and at home. Professional support, along with local representation have helped resolve many personal cases and problems experienced by UCU members.

If you are not a member, please take the time to join.To get access to anything other than informal advice you must be a member for at least 90 days.