PhD students who teach (ie: demonstrators, teaching associates) are eligible and encouraged to join the UCU for free for up to four years. It’s important to ensure you select the ‘standard full membership’ option and tick ‘yes’ under ‘eligible for free membership’ here. This will entitle you to all rights of subscription-paying members whilst you complete your degree (including voting, support with problems at work, legal support and access to the local and national fighting funds if you experience pay deductions following industrial action). These rights all begin immediately on joining.
Please note, PhD students who teach as a condition of their funding from Queen Mary and hold no contract of employment with Queen Mary are still eligible for the standard free membership.
QMUCU are also building a campaign this year for a local anti-casualisation pay claim to press for improved contract security and career progression opportunities for precarious staff at QM. The campaign is particularly keen to build networks across all QM campuses. To learn more and get involved, please opt-in to the campaign mailing list here.
Postgraduates who do not (or do not yet) teach may join the UCU (also for free) as non-voting associate student members instead by selecting ‘student membership’ at the membership link above.