CDBU is a non-profit organization funded by its members and supporters. To achieve our objectives, we need your financial support. Join the CDBU and support us in our work to advocate for an alternative to the marketized system of higher education in the UK.


As a member you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Help to shape the future of British universities, ensuring that academic values are upheld and the academic voice listened to 
  • Influence CDBU policy making and campaigns 
  • Participate in symposia and meetings with leading figures from the sector and politics  
  • Vote at the AGM and stand for the Executive Committee or become an officer of the CDBU 
  • Write op-ed pieces and book reviews for the blog

All members receive our monthly newsletter and become subscribers to the CDBU blog. 


What we do with membership fees and donations

We use resources from members to fund research projects and our annual Essay Prize. We have recently supported the following projects: 


Membership rates 

Students, the unwaged and independent scholars: FREE

Salaried/pensioned colleagues:

If you earn up to £40,000: £20 per annum or £2 per month

If you earn up to £40,000 to £60,000: £30 per annum or £3 per month

If you earn above £60,000: £40 per annum or £4 per month


Our Aims

“The aim of the CDBU is to promote and sustain British universities as places where students can develop their capabilities to the full and where scholarship, research and teaching can be freely pursued at the highest level.” 


We want to: 

  • Protect the autonomy of institutions of higher education. 
  • Support academic freedom and standards in research and teaching, as well as knowledge and understanding of the associated rights and responsibilities. 
  • Make university education accessible to all those able to benefit from it. 
  • Enhance inclusive teaching and research as interdependent. 
  • Foster the intellects of students at all levels. 
  • Restore the role of academic values in university governance. 


To join the CDBU, please email with your name, associated institution (if applicable) and chosen membership rate. 

Donate Online (PayPal)

Donate by Bank Transfer

You can also contribute to CDBU by bank transfer, either as a one-off payment or as a standing order.

Our bank details are:
Co-operative Bank,
Sort Code: 08 92 99
Account No: 65546143

Please provide your name as the ‘reference’ for the payment.

Donate by Cheque

To donate by cheque, please make it payable to CDBU and send it to:

34 Estelle Road

Please write your name and address on the back of the cheque.

Other ways you could help:

If you have access to a venue we could use for one of our events, this would be particularly appreciated. Contact us at