Getting involved in equality

This page provides information for members wanting to find out more about UCU's equality work and how to get more involved with the work the union does.

Equality toolkit - a resource for UCU equality reps and regional equality officers

This is guide designed for UCU equality officers. It contains plenty of useful information and links around equality legislation, how to campaign for equality and and how to link in with UCU's work. If you require a hard copy, contact

UCU Equality Toolkit [892kb] (opens in a new window)

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, UCU has produced a film entitled 'A woman's place is in the union' to raise awareness and to encourage UCU women to play an active role within the union at local as well as national level. The film is accompanied by  a postcard [123kb] (opens in a new window) which can be ordered from:


UCU women: moving further, reaching higher

'Moving further, reaching higher' was a Union Learning Fund project running in UCU's north west region.

ULF women The north west UCU women 'moving further, reaching higher' project finished at the end of March 2015 after three fabulous years.

Over that time we have increased the number of UCU learning representatives in the north west by over 100% and also increased the number of equality representatives. We have organised events aimed particularly at women members to support their personal and professional development.

We have developed free online accredited training courses on 'stress and mental health awareness', 'personal development' and 'understanding your employer's accounts'.

ULF women projectWomen - inspired to lead? We have developed a package of 'lunch and learn' sessions for reps to facilitate with members and have organised individual career review sessions with members. We have organised a number of practitioner's events for members: 'modern languages', apprenticeship and traineeships, additional support and functional skills, maths and English. We have also delivered dyslexia awareness and computer awareness sessions. We have held an FE professionals event - 'Reflection', and an 'opportunities and options for higher education professionals' event at UCLAN. 

ULF women project event participantsApprenticeships practitioners event We have reported regularly to the north west regional committee and organised fringe meetings at UCU Congress. We have taken our stand to branches, other learning events and Pride events. We have marched with our banner at Liverpool pride and at international women's events. We have celebrated the work of our UCU learning representatives at Congress. We have organised work place CPD events and been supported in particular by Chris Mason (UCU pensions expert), John Bamford (UCU health and safety consultant), north west trade union education units and many others.

ULF women project - online course tasterOnline course taster and launch session We have conducted individual induction and support sessions with UCU learning representatives and Equality representatives and extended training sessions, spoken at branch meetings and other meetings about the project.

The project has published several documents to support members and representatives, including: union learning representative checklists and information, North West Learning Magazine - Educate Energise Organise, UCU gender report in FE/HE north west region, 'Why a UCU learning rep?', women bulletins, ULF women apprecticeships & trainees cover 'Maternity rights for fixed-term contract and casually employed staff', 'Job health check, activist's continuous development, 'Continuous professional development and career progression in an education environment', International Women's Day postcards, 'Life work balance and family friendly work', 'Supporting members with career reviews', ULF job health check cover 'Visual personal profile', 'Transferable skills', 'Career timeline', 'Career action plan', 'Creating surveys and petitions for free', 'Apprenticeships and traineeships a guide for lecturers and support staff', and lunch and learn documents on: the menopause, coaching and mentoring, equality, assertiveness, presentation skills, meeting  skills, work life balance, negotiating skills, Survey monkey, Twitter and Facebook. As well as equality posters and a film on the importance of the role of UCU learning representatives.

The project team would like to record our thanks for all the support we have received from members, representatives and full time officers of UCU. In particular we would like to thank those people who have served on the steering group, currently: Helen Carr, Martyn Moss, Karen Brooks, Gareth Storey, Ife Bardi, Alison Hollinrake, Pat Hornby-Atkinson, Dominique Lautenburg, Paul Hatton, Nina Doran and Vicky Knight. We would also like to thank those past members including Lynn Collins, Pauline Murphy, Cheryl Felstead, Dan Taubman, Charlotte Nelson and Maire Daley. Finally, a special thanks to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt, without her continued support, the project would not have existed or continued for as long as it has.

ULF logo Janet Newsham - Project worker
Rachel Doyle - Project administrator

Last updated: 25 May 2016