“I have no idea what I’m doing”, and other lies we tell ourselves

“We’re sorry, we’ve made a mistake….    …. you’re not the right person for the job. ” If you regularly imagine someone tapping you on the shoulder and telling you this, then you may well be experiencing the Imposter Phenomenon (note: over time it has come to be known as a syndrome, but it was named the Imposter Phenomenon by the […]

A bright future with the UNISON College

The sun has been shining in Brighton, and this week saw the formal launch of UNISON College at UNISON’s National Delegate Conference. One of the key promises of general secretary Christina McAnea’s manifesto, the College brings together the union’s diverse range of member learning and activist training provision in one coherent brand and builds on […]

Is touch typing a skill you need?

We’re spending more and more time with our keyboards writing emails, reports, letters, meeting minutes and more. And typing faster and without looking at the keyboard could actually save time. You can train your muscle memory, which helps your fingers remember where each letter is on the keyboard and with some practice you can be […]

What’s not being said: brush up your skills in reading body language

Eyes looking up or down? Crossing arms? Serious face? Purposefully low-pitched voice? It’s a fact that words are not enough, and we communicate with each other also using our bodies. Non-verbal communication covers a lot of things we don’t actually say out loud. First impressions matter and a smile makes others feel more positively about […]

Your chance to help shape the UNISON College

The survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded to it. When our general secretary, Christina McAnea, stood for election, one of her key pledges was to establish a UNISON College to help members get the training and development they need for their personal and professional success and fulfilment. Over the past year, […]

Looking back, looking forward: ULearn 2022 is out now

ULearn is a celebration of the brilliant achievements of UNISON Learning – and it’s a celebration of the dedicated and enthusiastic people who make it happen. This year’s edition showcases the work that’s happened across the regions and nations of UNISON, showing how learning can be a force for change, justice and inspiration. Inside, you’ll […]

New e-note: U in UNISON

We have a new e-note – an interactive online learning module – for new UNISON members, and for those who might have been around for a while but don’t necessarily feel confident finding their way around the union. U in UNISON walks you through the different groups and structures that make up the union. No […]

Get your assertiveness groove on!

February’s Skills Club course is Assertiveness skills certification provided by the Skills Academy. UNISON pays for members’ access to Skills Academy catalogue. You just need to apply for an account on the UNISON website and you are good to kick off learning. Assertiveness is about behaviours and ways to communicate. Developing your assertiveness skills helps […]

Join the UNISON Skills Club!

There’s no need to create a new you for the new year! Join UNISON’s Skills Club instead and learn new skills. You can top up your continuous professional development (CPD) or learn for fun and find new interesting topics to explore. Each month from January onwards UNISON will curate an online course for the Skills […]

As we approach the end of 2021…

Looking back We’d like to say a big thank you… To UNISON members, for keeping our public services running through a second challenging year. To UNISON activists, for supporting our members in the challenges they’ve faced at work, standing up for workers’ rights. To UNISON learning reps and lifelong learning coordinators, for opening up learning […]