What we do

Aims and Objects

To protect and promote the professional interests of members individually and collectively, to regulate the conditions of their employment and the relations between them and their employers, and to safeguard their interests;

To promote Adult, Further and Higher Education and research;

To provide and maintain such services to members as may be approved by National Congress or the National Executive Committee from time to time;

To promote equality for all including through:

i. collective bargaining, publicity material and campaigning, representation, Union organisation and structures, education and training, organizing and recruitment, the provision of all other services and benefits and all other activities;

ii. the Union's own employment practices;

To oppose actively all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic;

To pursue political objects including those under the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 as set out in these Rules;
To affiliate to the Trades Union Congress and to cooperate, where appropriate, with it or any of its affiliated unions;

To affiliate to, cooperate with, make donations to or otherwise expend money on or in support of such other trade union or labour organisations, organisations for the advancement of education or other organisations in the UK or abroad which in the opinion of the National Executive Committee or Congress have the same or similar aims, objects or policies as the union.

To pursue by appropriate means approved by the National Executive Committee or Congress lawful acts of solidarity with other trade union or labour organisations, organisations for the advancement of education or other organisations in the UK or abroad which in the opinion of the National Executive have the same or similar aims, objects or policies as the union.

Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules no part of any fund of the Union, or of any local branch/local association, shall be used for, or with a view to, affiliation to any political party;

To do all such other things as may in the opinion of the National Executive Committee be incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects.

[UCU rules 2008-09]