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Young members in UCU

Welcome to our brand new webpage for young UCU members. This page is designed to be an easily accessible 'one stop shop' for young members who want to get more active in the union and also to provide members at the start of their careers with useful professional support and career development resources.

Early careers : Image promoting UCU's early careers workThe best start to your career in education:

UCU provides a range of professional development resources designed for younger members including our Early Careers Guide for New Staff which explains what to expect when you start work, how to get the most out of your career and what to do if things go wrong. We also campaign for better access to training, professional development and support for new staff in colleges and universities using tools such as the UCU Early Careers Charter.

Your union - make a difference with UCU:

It's a really healthy sign that UCU has a growing membership of younger people with membership among this group now growing faster than any other. However we still need more young members to get active. The best way to get involved is through your branch. A local committee will always welcome offers of help. You can also join our Early Careers Network and receive a monthly bulletin with news, events and new resources for members at the start of their career in further or higher education (contact ebailey@ucu.org.uk to register). We have a range of recruitment and information materials aimed at younger FE and HE staff here.

UCU Learning for Life CPD support

We are pleased to offer a range of personal and professional development resources that will provide practical help throughout the course of your career.

Bringing together material from a variety of education specialists, including experienced FE and HE practitioners, as well as contributions from UCU members working in the field, we aim to help you develop excellence and confidence in teaching, learning and professional practice.

You will find advice and information to develop your skills through our CPD courses, and free downloadable guides on our Learning for Life website.

'Learning for Life' : CPD logo

Voter registration: Your Vote is Your Voice!

UCU aims to give our members a voice in the corridors of power and with the Westminster general election now just months away it's important that we are able to make the case for tertiary education and to encourage both staff and students to engage in the political process.

Declining voter turnout at election is likely to worsen under the new system of individual registration with each member of a household now being required to register to vote separately. This is a problem particularly likely to affect students and younger people. It's a sad fact that just 56% of 19-24 year olds are registered to vote and this means politicians may feel less pressure to address the issues that concern younger people - including post-school education.

That's why we've teamed up with our sister organisation the National Union of Students and party neutral campaign group Bite The Ballot to involve members and their students to run a voter registration campaign leading up to the May 2015 election.

Register to vote here: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/

Please see here if you would like to get involved: http://bitetheballot.co.uk/

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