Get involved to “build the Union” by becoming a representative on the Committee or becoming a rep for your department or service, or becoming a caseworker. We still have vacant positions on the Commitee and in particular we are looking for reps interested in Health and Safety, for instance to act as H&S Workload Rep, or Workplace Environmental Rep. Health, Safety and the Environment are very important areas of campaign for our branch, and if these areas match your interests, then relevant new courses have been scheduled for the South West Region in 2019/20 and all the training is available here in Exeter. Please get in touch with us to know more.

UCU Reps

Rep 1: Induction – 19th, 20th and 21st November 2019, Exeter Regional Office

Rep 2: Representing UCU members – 10th, 11th and 12th March 2020, Exeter Regional Office

Health and Safety Reps

H&S 1: Induction – 8th, 9th and 10th October 2019 – Exeter Regional Office  

H&S 2: Organising and bargaining for health and safety – 28th, 29th and 30th January 2020– Exeter Regional Office

Workplace Environmental Rep

Trade unions and the environment – Green Reps role, function & influence – 5th February 2020


Representing individual members – an introduction to casework – 4th December 2019 – Exeter


Due to new funding cuts UCU will be charged up to £150 per learner, for course with fewer than 15 participants.  Please ensure you have the time off agreed and calendared before applying for the course.  Please also make sure that you do not book anything else once the course booking has been confirmed.  It places considerable pressure on the office in trying to replace a delegate when one has cancelled at the last minute, due to time off not being agreed or something else has come up.  It could also mean that the course is cancelled if the numbers go below a certain amount which is disappointing and an inconvenience to other delegates who are all set to go. 

Time Off for Training

It is YOUR LEGAL RIGHT as a Rep to have this time off to attend training. The new version of the ACAS code of practice on time off and facilities for union reps came into force on 1st Jan 2010. The UCU website contains guidance.

Overnight Accommodation, Expenses and Transport

Overnight stays are available for the night/s in between the course if you have to set out to travel to the venue before 6.30am in the morning. Please note you are unable to book your own accommodation and claim this back through UCU.

Once you are registered please use the most cost effective form of transport available.  UCU will cover the cost of any expenses incurred at the end of the course. You are not entitled to subsidence unless you are booked in for overnight accommodation and will require dinner.  The cost of dinner should not exceed £15 per night.  If you do require sight of an expense form before the course please let Becca Richards (Regional Administrator South West Office) know.


Exeter Regional Office


TELEPHONE 01392 412525

There is also an FAQ page relating to training.