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UCU reps

This course is aimed at all new UCU reps and branch officers as well as those who have yet to attend any training. We encourage all UCU activists to attend the first module of this course regardless of which role is held within the branch. The union is keen to attract activists from our equality strands (black, women, disabled and LGBT) and welcome applicants who self-identify in one of these areas.

There are two stages to this course both of which are run as two x three day modules:

Rep 1: Induction

This course is aimed at all new UCU reps and branch officers and those who have been longer in post who have yet to attend UCU training. We encourage all UCU activists to attend the first module of this course regardless of which role is held within the branch.

This course will cover the following:

  • the purpose of UCU, its structure, functions and democratic processes, and how you can get involved
  • your role and other UCU roles within the branch
  • your rights as a UCU rep
  • how to apply a trade union approach to your work as a UCU activist
  • how to develop a local campaign
  • the relationship between organising and campaigning, sustainability and the overall effectiveness of the branch
  • changes to equality legislation and help to embed equality into your work as a UCU rep
  • how to apply equality good practice and UCU equality policy
  • the support available to you as a UCU rep

Rep 2: Representation of UCU members

This is aimed at UCU reps and branch officers who have previously completed the Rep 1 induction course, Health & Safety induction or Equality Reps course. All UCU activists who have completed Rep 1 and carry out casework or intend to carry out casework should consider completing the full reps programme.

This course will cover the following:

  • the individual and collective nature of union work
  • best practice when advising and supporting members with issues
  • how to interview a member
  • the development of skills and knowledge enabling understanding of key legislation and procedures relating to the representation of members
  • how to raise grievances looking at specific institutions policies & procedures
  • practical advice for preparing documentation, witness statements and  representation in casework
  • progress cases using preparation, negotiation and planning skills
  • best-practice guidance for representing members at formal hearings with management.

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


Rep 1: UCU reps induction, 28-30 November 2018, Gateshead

This 3 day 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.

Rep 2: Representing UCU members 27-29 March 2019, Gateshead

This is the second module in the Reps training programme and is aimed at those who have completed Rep 1. This course will help you develop the skills and understanding you need to help members who are facing difficulties at work.