Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

The role

ULRs are members who are passionate about learning and want to help others.  They:

  • Promote Learning – advertising courses and making people aware
  • Support people – helping overcome barriers that stop them taking up learning
  • Identify needs – finding out what people want to learn
  • Organise their own courses – short workshops, book swaps or courses
  • Work with employers to support learning

So, what is a ULR?

Click below for a short video or to download a pdf presentation

Click the image to download a pdf of what the role involves


ULR Training 2024

A Word version without images is available here.

To apply for one of these courses please complete this application form.  To train as a ULR you will need to be ‘appointed’ by your branch first.  Please contact them to do this.  Please note that the course is free to members but there is a charge of £75 to branches.

ULR Training 2024


Videos of East Midlands ULRs

These videos show ULRs from our region talking about what they do. This one is taken from a national conference for ULRs:

This is a series of videos from East Midlands ULRs, currently in Lockdown, explaining what they’ve done:

ULRs Working Together

In each county ULRs come together from different branches to put on extra courses. Have a look at the courses they have organised.

Click here for a list of courses in each county

ULRs at Work – Examples of what ULRs across the region have been doing in their workplaces

Click here to find out more

Time Off

You are entitled for time off to train and preform your Trade Union duties and activities. Please take a look at the ACAS guidance below for further information.

Time off for trade union duties and activities

Application for Time off Form


This page has a selection of resources ULRs and branches can use

Click here for Resources