The UKRI Trade Union Recognition agreement recognises the following unions. Staff are entitled to join any union, but their main area of activity is listed. Membership options are normally available on their websites:
- The British Medical Association (BMA) – Medical doctors and students.
- The FDA (FDA) – Managers and professionals in public service.
- Prospect – Engineers, scientists, managers and civil servants.
- The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) – Generally non-scientific and administration roles.
- Unite the Union (Unite) – All staff.
- The University and College Union (UCU) – University based researchers and teaching staff.
- Nautilus International (Nautilus) – Maritime professionals (e.g. NERC staff).
- The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) – Transport workers (e.g. NERC staff).