UCU@BSU Membership


Letter from Membership Officer Steph Calley

(September 2021)

My name is Steph Calley and I am the Data and Insights Analyst in our Portfolio and Planning team. I provide data about trends, developments and competitor insights and new programme ideas, etc. come through us so we're bound to cross paths eventually.


But - more excitingly - I am the Membership Officer for the University and College Union (UCU) - one of the two trade unions recognised by Bath Spa.


These are difficult times to work in further education. Much of what we used to take for granted is changing (never more so during COVID19!) and working life is becoming more challenging. If you join UCU, you will be taking a big step toward greater peace of mind at work.

  • We are the largest post-secondary education union in the world

  • Every day, our trained representatives and legal advisers work to resolve hundreds of individual problems at work

  • We’re an active, campaigning union, arguing the case for our colleagues with government, fighting to protect our members’ jobs and striving to improve working life in our sector.


The more members we have, the better we can be at all the work we do for them. So I’d urge you to join us today. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the start of your career or you’ve just not got around to joining us.

  • If you want to know more, let us know!

  • If you're already a member, be sure to log into MyUCU and change your workplace (or we won't know you're here!)

  • If you'd prefer not to hear from me again, please say so (we won't be cross!)


Again, the biggest welcome to Bath Spa University from all of us here at UCU. I have cc'd Claire Evans-Edwards who is our School of Science rep, so please do get in touch with us if you want to talk UCU (or just have a virtual coffee!)

In solidarity,



Why join UCU? Almost 120,000 of your colleagues have chosen to belong to UCU - the largest union and most effective voice for people like you working in post-school education.

Advantages of Membership:


As members of UCU you are entitled to offset a proportion of subscriptions paid against tax paid. To claim, you can complete a form that UCU has made available here

When UCU members have a problem at work, they don't face it alone. They seek the union's expert advice for free.

When UCU members are involved in a disciplinary or grievance hearing, they don't face it alone. Our case workers sit alongside and represent them.

When UCU members require legal help they don't wrack up hundreds of pounds in solicitors' fees. Our legal advocacy team provide the best lawyers and get the best results with no charge for UCU members.


When UCU members want a pay rise they don't stand alone. Our negotiators use the collective power of 110,000 members to make the case for everyone.

When UCU members want to get more out of their job they use our career enhancing Continuing Professional Development programme.  While non-members pay £200 a course, UCU members get them free.