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Courses in the South West region

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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 the South West region.

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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Bargaining for a Green New Deal: June 2024

This course is for all Green reps along with those in the branch who are interested in bargaining around environmental issues. The course will help reps navigate UCU Green New Deal bargaining advice and enable you to work on a potential claim to the employer along with looking at a deep organising approach to any campaign strategy.

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H&S 1 - Induction (health & safety role and functions): January 2025

This course forms the first part of the health and safety training programme. The course is for new health and safety reps, those who have been in the role sometime but never been trained along with those in the branch who want to further understand the role and legislation that enables health and safety reps to hold institutions to account.

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H&S 2 - organising and bargaining for health and safety: May 2025

Participants need to complete the H&S 1: Induction, (or both workload reps) modules before applying to attend this course. This is the follow on course from H&S 1, it is designed for health & safety reps who wish to further their knowledge and skills around inspections, risk, and bargaining around health & safety.

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Job evaluation: A collective approach, July 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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Reasonable adjustments: supporting members, January 2025

This course is for reps and activists involved in their local branch who want to learn more about supporting members around reasonable adjustments. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to support individuals through the process, along with looking at how positive changes can be made through organising and campaigning.

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Rep 1 - UCU reps induction: November 2024

This 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, organising, structure 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/February 2025

This course is for reps who have completed UCU's Rep 1 course (H&S1, Equality ULR 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. Although the course focuses on grievance and disciplinary processes, it will also cover collective action, organising and equality.

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Rep 2 - representing UCU members: July 2024

This course is for reps who have completed UCU's Rep 1 course (H&S1, Equality ULR 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. Although the course focuses on grievance and disciplinary processes, it will also cover collective action, organising and equality.

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Representing individual members - an introduction to casework: June 2024

This is a course for reps who are new to representing individual members or those who are considering becoming more involved in the direct representation of members. More experienced reps are welcome to join as a refresher.

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Representing individual members - an introduction to casework: December 2024

This is a course for reps who are new to representing individual members or those who are considering becoming more involved in the direct representation of individual and groups of members. Those who have been practicing for some time may also find this course to be a useful refresher of best practice.