About Imperial College UCU

Who we are

We are the Imperial College branch of UCU, which is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

UCU was built on the shared experience and expertise of two strong unions, the AUT and NATFHE, and brings together academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, administrators, managers, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates from universities, colleges, adult education and training organisations. It is affiliated to the TUC but is not associated with any political party.

For more information on UCU please see here: www.ucu.org.uk

What we do

We have a wide range of activities and campaigns, but below are some of the main areas:

We negotiate wages for all academic and acedemic-related workers at Imperial College London each year. More members = greater influence.

We support and assist our members when difficulties arise at work over contracts, disputes, bullying, harassment, redundancy etc. We will listen to any issues and concerns that our members have and support you. We can sit in on any meeting a member has with management, and can call on UCU’s regional staff and legal advisors when necessary. We have the support of experienced regional and national full-time officers to advise and assist you with legal support, if required.

We are consulted by the College on any restructuring issues that affect employment. UCU is represented on the Imperial College Joint Committee, which meets each term with most of the Deans and whose joint secretary is one of the senior personnel officers.  This provides an early opportunity to negotiate over changes in employment procedures and to raise any issues of concern.

We represent staff on Health and Safety, Equality & Diversity Committees.

We send delegates to UCU’s Council to decide national policy, including campaigning issues and any industrial action.

As a UCU member you will have the power to influence and improve the terms and conditions of your employment and working environment.

But most importantly, we listen to you!

As a UCU member you will have the power to influence and improve the terms and conditions of your employment and working environment. To join please apply here.

Committee members

Anyone who is a member is free to join the committee meetings and contribute. The meetings usually take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month between 12:30pm and 2pm. For more information please contact us:


Dr Michael McGarvey – President

Prof William Pike – Vice-President

Dr Ruth Herd – Hon Secretary

Joanne Chaffin – Treasurer

Roddy Slorach – Health & Safety Rep

Cristina Romano – Recruitment & Membership Secretary

Margaret Chambers – Pensions Officer

Gemma Williamson – Communications Officer

 Committee Members

Toby Andrew

Fay Dowker

Anita Hall

Janette Shiel

Vijay Tymms