Allyship and Solidarity (Scotland)

24 January 2024, 10:30 - 12:00
Online (Zoom)

Allyship and Solidarity workshop; Wednesday 24 January 10:30am -12 noon

“Allyship” has its roots firmly within the LGBT community and has latterly become a live discussion within the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. But how can real allies truly support each other? And how can we build that support into organisations that will help us realise the dreams of equality that we all yearn for.

If you are fed up with seeing tokenistic gestures of solidarity on social media and want to explore what genuine and meaningful allyship looks like, at work and in your trade union, please join us.

Learning Aims

By the end of this UCU online workshop participants will

  • Know what we mean by “allyship”
  • Understand why allyship and solidarity is essential now
  • Understand the difference between meaningful allyship and performative allyship
  • Explore how we can build structures that allow us to support each other.

How UCU CPD webinars work

The taught sessions usually last for about 60 minutes, after which time we take 15-20 minutes to discuss the issues raised with a UCU official, depending on availability. The total time commitment will be around an hour and a half. The Allyship and solidarity webinars are designed to be more interactive than most in order to help you discuss the  issues and to find new allies of your own.

These pilot sessions are a vital stage in developing webinars before they are rolled out to members. Therefore any subsequent feedback you have will greatly assist the CPD team in getting this right.

You will need to find a quiet space, away from distractions (like telephone and email!), and you may prefer to use headphones for the session. I would also recommend that you check that you can use zoom before the session if you are unfamiliar with it.

Once registered you will be sent a meeting number and password for the webinar using zoom. You will be able to join the session from about 10 minutes before the stated start time. I would also recommend that you do join 5 to 10 minutes early as you will need to be admitted to the session, and of course there can be technical problems. Live transcription will be available.

If you have any other additional requirements please let us know.


Bookings are no longer allowed on this date.