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Rep 1: UCU reps induction, 23,30 August, & 6,13, September 2021, Online, Scotland

This online course is aimed at new reps/caseworkers and activists who will be undertaking this role in the near future. Existing reps who have not attended training before are also encouraged to attend. The course will cover all aspects of your role as a rep including your rights as a rep, union democracy, recruitment and communication. You should complete this course prior to applying for Rep 2:

Course meeting dates: 23rd, 30th August & 6th 13th Sept 2021

Course meeting times: all course meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise directed by the course tutor and will be held on the dates above

Total duration: 21 to 25 hours including the course meetings

Delivery method: via weekly zoom/teams meeting and distance learning pack. Expect some group work outside of course meetings.

Please ensure you can attend the entire course prior to submitting your application form. Please further ensure you have secured time off from your employer to attend.

We recommend that you take your facility time on the same day as your course meeting. This will allow you to complete the course activities, and to contact the tutor/attend the course de-brief where offered.

Some colleges may also offer a p.m. debrief generally between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. this is not mandatory however, we would recommend you take the tutor up on the offer where available. It is an opportunity to review your days work and discuss the topics you are working on.

Online courses are no different to face to face courses in terms of time off for training. Time off for training is a right and one which should be exercised as part of normal industrial relations. For more info please see

UCU courses are funded via members' contributions and public funding. When you apply for a course we will assume that are making a commitment to attend the course as advertised, and have secured time off from your employer. Please contact you branch/region if you are having problems securing time off.


This Rep 1: Introductory course will cover the following:

  • overview of trade union movement history
  • UCU organisation and democracy
  • your rights as a rep and how to apply them
  • communication with members
  • recruitment
  • members' issues 
  • collective responses.

The course will give you a good grounding in the role of a UCU rep. You will be expected to complete this Rep 1 course prior to applying for the UCU Rep 2: Handling complex cases course.

You may be asked to register with the delivering college in which your trade union tutor is employed. Some colleges may ask for your passport or equivalent identification details to register. UCU are working to limit these asks, but as it stands, if you do not register with the college you will be unable to join the course.

Your email address will be sent to the TUC on whose learning platform the course is situated. They will send you the course link where you will find your introductory activities and initially meet your course tutor.

Please enter your membership number on the application form below - It help the course administrator find your details more easily and is an enormous help. Thank-you