All academic staff and academic-related (‘professional and managerial’) staff of the University of Leeds are eligible to join Leeds UCU, whether on permanent or fixed-term contracts.

PhD students are entitled to free membership, as are students intending to work in further or higher education.

To join, go to


The subscription is made up of a national subscription and local subscription, both on a sliding scale.

The current national subscription rates are at

The current additional local subscription rates are at

Union membership between jobs

While UCU is making progress here at Leeds in pushing back the culture of casualisation of academia, there are still be times in many of our careers that we are between jobs. Union membership is free once your contract finishes until you start your next contract. Contact the membership department to set this up. (Membership can be free for unemployed members for up to 12 months.)

Your union membership when you retire

There are different options to choose from when you retire. For details see

Tax relief

Members are entitled to tax relief on 67% of their National Subscription. See further details by following

Further Information

For further information see or email