Weekly Digest

w/c 18th November

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Reclaim the Night march & rally, Newcastle


4pm: Gather at Old Eldon Square, Blackett Street, Newcastle, NE1 7LD

4.30pm: Walk up Northumberland Street – led by the Bangshees, community-based all-women drumming group – turning right on Northumberland Road, past the City Hall and into the Sutherland Building for speeches and light refreshments







TUC Personal Safety at home and at work, Newcastle

Information and how to apply









UCU CPD : Speaking Up Voice Care for Educators, Sunderland

Information and online application







Holocaust Memorial Day

UCU continues to encourage branches to observe Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is Stand Together’.

Branch circular






Regional Committee, Newcastle

Full information including deadlines for receipt of papers: ucunorthern.org.uk/regional-calendar



5th, 6th, 7th February

UCU Training

Advanced Reps, Newcastle

This course is aimed at more experience reps and branch officers who are actively involved in the strategic direction of the branch. You will need to have completed the UCU Rep 1 Induction, Equality, or the Health and Safety Induction course in order to apply for the Advanced Reps course.

The course covers:

  • an analysis of branch organising and capacity
  • how the branch can develop a strategy for recruitment
  • how the branch involve members and develop new activists
  • why people join trade unions and how can the branch widen participation
  • why campaign and how to develop a clear campaign message
  • how we can build union strength through effective organising, campaigning and bargaining
  • planning to take the branch to the next level of activity


Apply online




18th, 19th, 20th March

UCU Training

Health & Safety reps 1 : Induction, (health & safety reps role and functions), Newcastle

This course is aimed at all new and existing health and safety reps who have received no training. We also encourage branch officers to apply.

This three-day module forms the first part of a six-day training programme organised into two modules.

The course will cover:

  • the role and functions of a safety rep
  • how to obtain facilities and time off to carry out the safety rep’s function
  • using the safety reps and safety committee regulations
  • employers’ duties under health and safety legislation
  •  a trade union and equal opportunities approach to health and safety
  • how to organise UCU members around hazards at work
  • develop essential safety rep skills.


Apply online







Regional Committee (AGM), Carlisle

Full information including deadlines for receipt of papers: ucunorthern.org.uk/regional-calendar




29th, 30th April & 1st May



UCU Training

Rep 2 : Representing UCU Members, Newcastle

You must have completed Rep 1: UCU reps induction before attending this course.

This course will help you to:

  • develop your skills and knowledge enabling you to understand and use key legislation and procedures relating to the representation of members
  • identify collective bargaining goals from individual issues.

This course will develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to:

  • raise grievances looking at specific institutions policies & procedures
  • advise and support  members with individual problems
  • how to interview a member
  • use equality legislation to raise collective issues
  • apply organising and campaigning techniques to support the resolution of individual and collective problems.

Apply online





27th – 29th May

UCU Congress, Bournemouth


Disclaimer: While we do conduct checks to keep this calendar up to date, for events not organised by UCU, the inclusion of the event on this calendar does not guarantee that tickets / places are available, or that the event will definitely take place.


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