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Taking action in higher education


UCU activist education programme

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Welcome to UCU's education and training pages. UCU's education programme offers its growing network of 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.

Whether you are an existing UCU activist or you are considering taking on a more active role within your UCU branch we have a course for you.   Activist Education Guide 19/20 [783kb]

Training during the Covid-19 crisis

UCU, along with many other employers, are now operating a working from home policy for most staff..

The training team have been working on ways to develop online teaching - however, we know you will also understand that setting up quality, online courses can take time. We are currently working with our colleagues in trade union education departments to assess what is possible.

We will be advertising an equality reps course shortly, which will also cover the current pandemic situation.

We are also currently working on moving both our Rep 1 and Rep 2 courses online, along with casework and a dedicated risk assessment course for reps as they are being expected to return to work. The risk assessment course also covers the initial health and safety legislation that would be relevant to risk assessments. We hope to have dates for these courses available throughout June.

In the meantime you can find some excellent learning materials aimed at reps and activists via UnionLearn's e-notes. All you need to do is register on the TUC education website. You will then have access to all e-notes on a range of relevant trade union subjects. 

TUC Webinar - Impact of the pandemic; 28 May, 15.30-16.30           

Join Deputy General Secretary, Paul Nowak, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus crisis on trade unions and work. We'll hear about:

  • the trade union response 
  • job security and redundancies 
  • the future of work and the trade union movement.

Click here to playback previous TUC webinars.

You may also be interested in some of the free courses run by the Greener Jobs Alliance 

While not specifically trade union focused there is also some great general learning content on the openlearn website or Futurelearn.

We will contact you as soon as we have alternatives up and running but please do get in touch should you need to at

Expenses: if you have outstanding expenses please email them along with your scanned receipts to

UCU reps are encouraged to undertake training within their own region. Please be aware that should you apply for a course outside of your region, you may be placed on a waiting list until a place becomes available.

UCU have an exciting new blended learning offer that is taking it's first cohort of learners on 20th November 2019. The content will be the same as our current Rep 1 & 2, but we have blended the two together to offer fewer classroom days and more online flexibility.

Teaching on UCU reps courses start at 9:30 am and finish at 4:30 pm. Please arrange travel outside theses times to avoid disrupting the group. Thank you. For further info and explanation please see FAQs on UCU Training

UK map Unsure which UCU region you are in? Check here

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.

About UCU reps
Branch officers • UCU repsHealth and safety repsLearning repsEquality repsEnvironment reps. See also Being a UCU rep

Find a course in your area:

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]
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Need help?

Try looking in our FAQs on UCU Training


Last updated: 29 May 2020