Organising Academy and Leading Change

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The Organising Academy and Leading Change have been used to introduce new concepts to the toolbox available to union officers as they address the challenges of building stronger unions in a constantly changing political, economic and industrial environment. As well as via formal training programmes, we do this via workshops, briefings and events for both individual unions and general audiences.

Organising Academy 

In 1998 the TUC launched the Organising Academy as a way of building union capacity to recruit and organise workers into trade unions. The Organising Academy offers accredited training for union organisers, officers and support staff via a partnership with Ruskin College, Oxford. 

Leading Change 

In 2004, the TUC launched its Leading Change programme to provide a development and learning programme tailored to the needs of those in senior leadership positions in unions. Since then, thousands of union officers and organisers have been trained on a range of approaches to organising and campaigning. Leading Change is a non-accredited development programme that runs each year for officers in senior leadership positions and is run in partnership with Birkbeck College and the Harvard University Labor and Worklife Programme.

In the documents below you'll will find information about Organising Academy and Leading Change training programmes and other related events and activities.

If you would like more information on how we can support your union, please contact the TUC Organising Academy – [email protected]


Your Name: Claire Ronald Name of Course: Diploma in Organising Course Dates: January – August 2014 Your union: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Your role: Senior negotiating officer Please describe your experience of the Organising Academy programme: I enrolled on the organising course as I was having a persistent problem in...
08 August 2014
Your Name: John Coote Name of Course: Advanced Organising Certificate Course Dates: Feb 14 – June 14 Your union: PCS Union Your role: Organising Industrial Offices Please describe your experience of the Organising Academy programme: Having been working at PCS for over 10 years in various organising and negotiating roles,...
08 August 2014
Name: Tania Bassett Name of Course: Communications Award Course Dates: 7 th – 9 th May 2014 Union: Napo Your role: National Official Press, Parliament & Campaigns Please describe your experience of the Organising Academy programme: Being relatively new to my role, having started last August, I wanted to gain...
08 August 2014
Name: Kristin Hamada Name of Course: Diploma in Organising Course Dates: Jan 2014-Aug 2014 Union: Equity Role: Equalities, Recruitment and Retention Organiser Please describe your experience of the Organising Academy programme: When I signed up to the organising diploma I wanted to get a better understanding of good practice with...
08 August 2014
Vin Wynne, Senior Organiser at the NUT Vin Wynne works across the Northern Region helping to organise union activities. Here he talks about his experience of going on an TUC Organising Academy course. The Advanced Certificate in Organising is a course run by the TUC Organising Academy, aimed at union...
30 July 2014
The TUC has today (Tuesday) announced the winners of this year's Congress awards at its annual conference in Bournemouth.
10 September 2013
If you would like to receive a copy please send an email with your address requesting a DVD to: [email protected] As many of you will be aware, 2010 was another fantastic year for the TUC 60 second ad contest. We had entries from a wide range of people, whose creative...
28 October 2010
Unions can help to prevent staff feeling stressed and de-motivated by new working practices and reduce the number of staff quitting their jobs, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Tuesday).
16 March 2010
Responding to the latest official statistics on union membership published today (Wednesday) by the Department for Business (BERR), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
30 July 2008