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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.

Training during the Covid-19 crisis 

We are gradually moving our training content on line along with creating new content. You will find all currently available courses contained in the pink boxes below.

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. 

You can also find all Corona virus related TUC webinar's here 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 Future learn.

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

Please note places on both Risk Assessment courses are now full - we are doing our best to offer those on the waiting list further dates                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UCU Risk Assessment online - starting 16th June 2020 - Please use this link for more details and application form                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - starting on 1st July - Please use this link for more details and application form 

UCU Equality Reps Introduction: - starting 29th June 2020 - Please see link for more details and application form UCU Equality Reps induction: starting 29 June 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Starting on 25th June 2020 - Please use this link for more details and application UCU Equality Reps induction: starting 25 June 2020.

UCU Introduction to Case work: Representing individual members: - starting 24th June 2020 - This course is now full and running a very long waiting list. We are doing our best to put on more courses and those on the waiting list will be contacted in chronological order

UCU Rep 1 online: - starting 6th July 2020 -                                                                                                                                     This course is now full - we are currently offering those on a significant waiting list further course dates and will offer other date as soon as we are able 

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

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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:
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Last updated: 23 June 2020