The fund is to be directed exclusively at temporarily supporting membership fees, in the event that a member is in financial difficulty. A maximum of £1,000 will be allocated to the fund in the first instance, with this allocation being reviewed by the Committee following the fund’s first year in operation. Decisions on the distribution of funding will be made in the strictest confidence by three UCU officers: the President, Membership Officer and Treasurer. Their decision will be final.
To apply for assistance from the fund, please send an email or letter to UCU Treasurer Michael Pierse, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the School of AEL, 2 University Square Belfast, BT71NN, outlining your circumstances. Decisions will be made on the basis of need, and only where this is exceptional, so please clarify how your application meets this criteria. Successful applicants will have their membership fee paid for up to six months. If they continue to meet the criteria thereafter, they can reapply.