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Challenging redundancy - a course for all reps and activists: 17, 24 & 31 January 2022, online, Midlands region

The threat of redundancy has never been more acute for UCU members. This course is for all branch reps & activists who are likely to be involved in challenging redundancies and/or supporting members facing redundancy.

Course meeting dates: 17, 24, & 31 January 2022

Course meeting times: All course meetings are 2 hours in duration & take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. unless otherwise directed by your course tutor. See info below for p.m. debrief were offered.

Total duration: 15 to 18 hours

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 recommend 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 de-brief where offered.  

Some colleges may also offer a p.m. debrief between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. this is not mandatory however, we would recommend you take the tutor up on the offer where available.  

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 course will cover:

  • what the law says
  • organising and involving members
  • campaigning and challenging the narrative 
  • how redundancy affects different equality groups
  • identifying alternative solutions
  • collectivising and individual need.

Please be aware disclaimer: 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 help 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.