UCU University of Leeds local association is the union of academic and academic-related staff working at or for the University of Leeds. We are one of the largest trade union branches in UK higher education.

UCU are a member-led organisation: as members we set our policies and our negotiating agenda. Our representatives and committee members are academic or academic-related staff at the university, and are nominated and elected by their colleagues to make sure the union knows about workplace problems in that area, or to represent the union members in meetings with the employer, or to support individual members with advice and representation.

See the local association calendar for details of all-members meetings, committee meetings and other key meetings and dates.

All-members general meetings

There are at least three general meetings per year, one of which is the annual general meeting.

The general meeting is for all members and is the policy-making body of the local association. Please attend if you can.

For more information about general meetings see leedsucu.org.uk/archives/category/local-association/general-meetings

Committee meetings

Between general meetings, members delegate policy-making to a committee of elected members. The committee meets usually every two weeks.

The committee is elected year year at the Annual General Meeting. See the current list of officers and committee at http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/about-us/committee-members-2019-2020/

Members who wish to get more involved in planning and organising union’s campaigns locally can join the action group. Contact the Campaigns Officer Lesley McGorrigan for more details.

Departmental representatives and local contacts

Departmental representatives and local contacts are a point of contact for union members in that school, department, service or area. They also let committee know about issues concerning members in their constituency.

List of departmental representatives


If you would like help or advice email ucu@leeds.org.uk or phone the branch administrator on 0113 343 5904 to arrange for a caseworker to get in touch with you.

For more about the support for UCU members, see the national union website: ucu.org.uk/support

Local rules

UCU University of Leeds local association rules are agreed by members at a general meeting and can only be amended by a general meeting. They are based on model rules agreed by UCU’s national congress.

Local association minutes

Minutes of general meetings and committee meetings are at: leedsucu.org.uk/archives/category/local-association/minutes

If you would like a copy of minutes which aren’t yet published on the website please contact ucu@leeds.ac.uk.