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

ULR Training

Before attending training you will need to be appointed by your branch.  Please contact them to get yourself ‘nominated’ and apply for the training using the form below.

To find out how to contact your branch call UNISON direct on 08000 857 857.

Next Training – September 2021 (dates TBC)

During Lockdown the ULR training will be carried out online with the following format:

1 – Online Induction via Zoom (2 hours)

2 – Workshop 1 via Zoom (2 hours)

3 – Workshop 2 via Zoom (2 hours)

4 – An online course completed independently (approx 10 hours)

Want to find out more? Contact us via this form:

ULR Interest

If you are interested in the role of the ULR and would like more information please leave your details here and we will be in touch. Your details may be passed to your branch's Learning Co-ordinator to contact you.


Poster advertising a previous course:

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