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Attention early-career academics: UCU training courses are being offered in Spring 2012!

UCU will be running training courses this spring in London aimed at members who are new to the academic profession.  These courses are designed to help you to build your career and develop your skills, and are available for free to members.

However, these courses have been extremely popular when offered previously, so if you wish to sign up please do so as soon as possible!

Details follow below:


A priority for UCU is supporting our members who are new to the profession and we know that those of you at the start of your career in education want access to training and development opportunities as well as the chance to meet and network with other new staff.

In 2010 we piloted a series of ‘Early Careers’ courses aimed at younger and new staff and the response was fantastic with all events well over-subscribed and a clear demand for future training opportunities. So we’re now delighted to be able to offer this new package of courses for Spring 2012:

All courses are FREE to members but places are limited. Priority will be given to those who have recently entered the profession or who are relatively new to teaching. Please complete the relevant online form below to register.

Starting out: getting the most from your career – 7 March 2012, London

Induction training for UCU members starting their careers in education.

The course will cover the following:

  • your rights at work as a new member of staff working in education
  • learning how to deal with issues that arise in your workplace
  • understanding what is meant by leadership in education.

To register for this course, please complete the online form: Starting out: getting the most from your career, 7 March 2012, London

Speaking up: voice care training – 26 April 2012, London

Strategies for keeping your voice stronger for longer and communicating effectively by developing your voice. A practical and interactive workshop designed to help you find, use, enjoy and maintain your voice. This one-day workshop looks at ways to keep your voice healthy as well as use it to best advantage in a teaching environment.

This course will cover the following:

  • improving understanding of how voice is made and what affects it
  • how teaching staff can best protect the voice, in order to prevent strain and loss. Improved vocal stamina
  • increasing awareness of voice skills in communication.

To register for this course, please complete the online form: Speaking up: voice care training, 26 April 2012, London

Assertiveness skills – 16 May 2012, London

Developing effective communication and assertiveness skills to help develop your career.

This course will cover the following:

  • understanding difficulties in communication
  • developing the skills to deal with challenging situations
  • techniques to develop your confidence
  • developing an action plan for personal improvement.

To register for this course, please complete the online form: Assertiveness skills, 16 May 2012, London

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