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Rep 1 - UCU reps induction: 9, 16, 23 & 30 November 2021, online, North West region

This online 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. The course will cover all aspects of your role as a rep including your rights as a rep, union democracy, recruitment and communication. You should complete this course prior to applying for the Rep 2 course.

Course meeting dates: 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2021


Course meeting times: Some trade union education teams will hold their course meetings across the whole day i.e. 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Others will hold their meetings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an hour wash up session from 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please see para below regarding facility time.


Total duration: roughly 25 to 28 hours including course meetings over 4 weeks


Delivery method: Online & course meetings via Zoom or teams

Please ensure you can attend the entire course prior to submitting your application form. Please further ensure you have secured time off from your employer to attend.

We ask that you take your facility time on the same day as your course meeting. This will allow you to complete the course activities, and to contact the tutor/attend the course debrief where offered. If the course tutor is expecting you to be available for the whole day (9:30 to 4:00) then please ensure you can commit to this.

Online courses are no different to face to face courses in terms of time off for training. Time of for training is a right and one which should be exercised as part of normal industrial relations. For more info please see Facilities and time off for UCU reps.

UCU courses are funded via members' contributions and public funding. When you apply for a course we will assume that are making a commitment to attend the course as advertised, and have secured time off from your employer. Please contact your branch/region if you are having problems securing time off.

This Rep 1: Introductory course will cover the following:

  • overview of trade union movement history
  • UCU organisation and democracy
  • your rights as a rep and how to apply them
  • communication with members
  • recruitment
  • members issues
  • collective responses.

The course will give you a good grounding in the role of a UCU Rep. You will be expected to complete this Rep 1 course prior to applying for the UCU Rep 2: Handling complex cases course.

Disclaimer - Please be aware: You may be asked to register with the delivering college in which your trade union tutor is employed. Where colleges are drawing down funding for delivery you will be ask for your passport or equivalent identification details to register. This is a demand of the college who are following government requirements in order to satisfy public funding criteria. This is not a requirement UCU want to see and we are lobbying for change. However, as it stands, if you do not register with the college, you place will not be fundable. 

Your email address will be sent to the TUC on whose learning platform the course is situated. They will send you the course link where you will find your introductory activities and initially meet your course tutor.

Please enter your membership number on the application form below; it helps the course administrator find your details more easily and is an enormous help. Thank you.

Before you complete this form, please see above for information on college registration and identification that may be required.