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Training

UCU activist education programme

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Welcome to UCU's education and training pages. UCU's education programme offers its network of Reps and activists a wide range of courses. Courses run on a regional basis enabling participants to meet and work alongside UCU members from branches within their region.

We are now in a position to offer most UCU courses online and will do so until at least September 2021, in line with UCU guidance. 

All courses will continue to be offered on a regional basis. Those applying from outside the region will be placed on the course waiting list and offered a place if the course is not filled by members of that region. 

You should be aware our online courses are no different to our face to face courses in terms of funding, and time off for training https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/4903/Facilities-and-time-off-for-UCU-reps. It is important that you can attend the entire course, and get time off from your employer as you would a face to face course. 

If we do not exercise the right to time off for training courses on line, it will become increasingly difficult to get it when we return to face to face teaching. It is our right - let's use it or lose it!

When you sign up to a course please make sure you can attend!

We have experienced significant drop out and DNA rates with some online courses. Sadly this has resulted in cancelled courses, and tutors with only a couple of participants attending. Should you sign up for courses and not be able to attend please let us know asap. Please ensure you can commit to the course prior to submitting your application form, and if you find you cannot attend please let us know. 

New short course - Running online branch meetings: increasing participation - Course 1. Date: 24th March 2021 - Duration: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon - to register & see link for more info click this link Running online branch meetings: increasing participation, 24 March 2021, Online, National course (morning session)  

Course 2. Date: 20th April 2021 - Duration 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. - to register & see more info click this link Running online branch meetings: increasing participation, 20 April 2021, Online, National course


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Your rights to time off for training
If you are an elected UCU rep you have rights to time off for training. See also our UCU training FAQs.

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Keep up-to-date: UCU Training newsletter, December 2017 [74kb]

Other training opportunities

UCU reps are entitled to attend locally run TUC courses. All reps and officers are also entitled to apply for TUC online learning courses. Click here to find relevant TUC courses

If you wish to claim travel and associated expenses for a TUC course you must comply with the following policy and contact the UCU training officer:
TUC courses: UCU attendance policy [127kb]
TUC courses: UCU attendance policy [148kb]

Need help?

Try looking in our FAQs on UCU Training

Email: training@ucu.org.uk
 

Last updated: 24 February 2021