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Courses in Scotland

The UCU education programme in Scotland offers reps the opportunity to acquire new skills in a practical and supportive environment. Our UCU courses are tailored to take account of Scotland's devolved nation status and where possible a member of the Scotland UCU staff team will be present to advise.

Representing courses Representing courses
Organising courses Organising courses
Health & safety rep courses Health & safety courses
Equality rep courses Equality courses
Bargaining courses Bargaining courses
Specialist courses Specialist courses

These are the courses for branch reps and activists currently running in Scotland.

If there are no dates listed for the course you'd like to attend, or if you'd like to be made aware of further dates, please register your interest here.


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Job evaluation: A collective approach, January 2024

This one day course is for branch reps and activists who are involved and interested in learning more about the importance of trade union involvement and representation in job evaluation schemes. The focus of the course will be around the use of collective action wherever possible.

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Rep 1 - UCU reps induction: January/February 2024

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 the Rep 2 course.

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Rep 2 - Representing UCU members: January 2024

This course is for reps who have completed UCU's Rep 1, H&S 1, or our introduction to case work and are now actively engaged in representing individual members. The course also assumes you are actively engaged with your branch and understand UCU's democratic structures both in the branch and nationally.

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Workload rep training 2: Workload campaign in action, inspections and investigations - 7, February, 2024, Online

This short course is open to UCU activists and reps who want to build upon their knowledge of workload as a health and safety hazard in the workplace. The UCU workload campaign gives us the tools to tackle increasing workloads and working hours. The failure of employers to protect staff from excessive workloads and stress is damaging our health, our students' education, and our ability to organise to defend ourselves and our sector In this course you will work through practical examples and explore ideas around how to use the safety rep functions to identify and reduce excessive workloads.