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

Many thanks for your patience during the lockdown period. We managed to keep some courses going online and create a new returning to work Risk Assessment course. 

We are now in a position to offer most UCU courses online and will do so until at least January 2021, in line with UCU guidance. 

All courses will continue to be offered on a regional basis. Those applying from outside the region will be placed on the course waiting list and offered a place if the course is not filled by members of that region. 

You should be aware our online courses are no different to our face to face courses in terms of funding, and time off for training It is important that you can attend the entire course, and get time off from your employer as you would a face to face course. 

If we do not exercise the right to time off for training courses on line, it will become increasingly difficult to get it when we return to face to face teaching. It is our right - let's use it or lose it!

New short course - Running online meetings - Date: 9th December 2020 - Duration: 10.30am-12noon - Register: see link for more info

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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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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]
TUC courses: UCU attendance policy [148kb]

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Try looking in our FAQs on UCU Training


Last updated: 6 November 2020