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Mental health is a trade union issue: 17, 24 & 31 January 2022, online, North West

This course is designed for reps who want to develop an understanding around why mental health is a trade union issue, and to ensure working practices support equality. This course would benefit both UCU equality reps, health and safety reps, and others in the branch who represent or negotiate on behalf of members. The course will reference the Covid-19 pandemic and it's impact on mental health in the workplace.

Course meeting dates: 17, 24 & 31 January 2022

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. Your course tutor will advise nearer the time. Please see para below regarding facility time for the whole day.

Total course duration: 12 - 15 hours over 3 weeks (including course meetings)

Delivery method: virtual course meetings, coupled with self-directed work and some group work both virtually and in course meetings

Please ensure you can attend the entire course prior to submitting your application form. 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 and read all the information below.

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 you 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 help you to:

  • develop an understanding of mental health conditions and issues
  • identify how people with mental health conditions experience discrimination in the workplace
  • represent and support members with mental health conditions
  • discuss the role of trade unions in dealing with mental health issues
  • assess how the current pandemic has impacted on mental health conditions and issues.

Throughout the courses we will use the social model when discussing mental health. the social model states that a person becomes disabled by the environment and attitudinal barriers that they encounter, not by their medical condition

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, along with course format.