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Value your voice!

A special guest post by Phyllida Furse, who runs our excellent course ‘Speaking Up: Voice Care for Educators‘ Value your Voice! World Voice Day, 16 April 2016 Calling all teachers and lecturers! Do you value your voice? Are you struggling to make yourself heard or have you even lost it completely? 16 April sees the…

Getting the first lecturing job: careers guidance for research staff

New career development resources for researchersWe are very pleased to offer further downloadable CPD guidance aimed at research staff hoping to develop their careers: ‘Getting the First Lecturing Job’ This guide contains an excellent toolkit for researchers considering a career in academia. Published by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), the professional body…

Prison education professional development conference

Free CPD opportunity for prison educatorsThe British Council and The Bell Foundation are organising a half-day continuing professional development conference for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education across the UK. Places are free-of-charge but limited, so booking as soon…

North West Women – inspired to lead

UCU Learning Development Organiser Janet Newsham reports from Liverpool On Friday 6 December women members of UCU from across the north west gathered at the The Women’s Organisation in Liverpool for a networking and professional development event – ‘Women – inspired to lead?’. This was one of those occasions you wish you had filmed and…

CPD in the Firth of Lorn!

UCU Scotland Official Mary Senior reports from Argyll and Bute The Scottish Association For Marine Science (SAMS) just north of Oban off the west coast of Scotland, must be in one of the most stunning locations of any education institution, with the Argyll hills and the natural harbour as the backdrop. It was, however, blowing…

UCU CPD: supporting practitioners events

In July UCU ran two practitioners group events, one for additional support practitioners and the other for functional skills, maths and English practitioners. At the additional support practitioner event we heard from parent carers/disability champions – Sue Titterington and Jo  and Kath Wood who are from Wirral Trade Union Education unit.  At the Functional skills,…

Online safety for education staff

Keeping yourself and your students safe on the internetEducators play a key role in supporting young people stay safe online but college and university staff also need to protect their own reputation, particularly when using social networking sites. The South West Grid For Learning has just launched a range of downloadable resources aimed at helping…

UCU delivers staff CPD day at South Cheshire College

UCU rep at South Cheshire College, Lyndsey Nicholson, successfully negotiated with her management, for UCU to deliver a CPD day at the College. Over 50 staff attended sessions including an Assertiveness Skills workshop, Leadership workshop, life-work balance workshop, pensions workshop, individual career reviews and individual pension consultations. Sessions were by Tracy Walsh from Ruskin College,…

Birkbeck University London offer 10% off all courses for union members

10% off accredited courses at BirkbeckUCU members can now claim 10% off all accredited Birkbeck University London courses (certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate). Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. All you need to take advantage of this great discount offer is confirmation from the union…

Writing successful grant applications with the Research Funding Tool Kit

Here’s what UCU member Dr Ilan Baron at Durham University said about the tool kit: “The Research Funding Tool Kit is designed to help scholars write successful grant applications. The authors acknowledge that luck plays a great deal in the grant selection process. Nevertheless, they offer a significant amount of constructive advice for how to compose,…