The University and College Union (UCU) was formed by the amalgamation of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE).

UCU represents and negotiates on behalf of academic and related staff at all stages of their careers, and with all types of employment contract. Membership is open to lecturers, administrators, researchers, librarians, computing staff and postgraduates employed in teaching or related duties. Locally, Durham UCU negotiates on behalf of its members with the University, and is represented on a number of University committees.

On this site you will find information about why you should join the UCU and how to join, who the committee is and what we do, how your views are represented within the university, who to contact if you would like advice or representation, and information and updates on national campaigns. Our local rules can be found here, and the Recognition Agreement agreed to and signed by the University and the four campus trade unions can be found here.