About UCEA

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) provides its member institutions with timely advice and guidance on all employment and reward matters relevant to the HE sector. Our purpose is to support our member organisations in delivering excellent and world-leading higher education and research by representing their interests as employers and facilitating their work in delivering effective employment and workforce strategies.
Our four strategic priorities encompass:

  • Promoting constructive employment relations
  • Supporting employer aspirations to enhance the employee experience
  • Supporting members through our influence and engagement
  • Taking forward UCEA in support of our members

Membership is voluntary and open to UK HE providers and associated organisations. We are funded through our members' subscriptions and fees. We aim to anticipate the challenges of changing times, working jointly with other sector bodies and agencies, and our broad membership means we are well networked, well informed and influential. We conduct voluntary collective negotiations at a national level on the annual base pay uplift to apply to non-senior staff.

We are governed by a Board drawn from Vice-Chancellors, Principals and Chairs of governing councils of universities.