Sources of help and support
Many of us will have times when we need support due to pressure, stress, workplace bullying, workload or any number of other problems. There are many sources of support who can help in a variety of ways within the union, the university and externally. Some of these are focussed on workplace problems but others can help with personal problems as well.
LUCU Personal Case work
Colleagues from within our branch are able to help on a one to one basis in a number of ways, from a quick chat offering advice and information to official union representation in situations such as sickness absence, disciplinary or redundancy procedures.
You must be an existing member of UCU to receive advice, support and representation – normally for no less than 90 days. Full representation will not normally be offered regarding problems which arose before membership began. Members who have lapsed from membership and do not rejoin until they need assistance may only be offered limited advice or representation in line with that afforded to new members.
In the first instance please contact your Department Rep or LUCU’s Personal Casework Coordinator. We can also access regional and national resources such as legal advice where necessary.
Confide – Confidential support for harassment and bullying cases
The University’s Confide service provides confidential peer support for staff who are suffering from harassment and bullying.
University Counselling Service
The University’s Counselling Service offers 6 free sessions per year to staff to help with a wide range of professional or personal issues.
Education Support Partnership – Practical and emotional support for staff in FE and HE
The Education Support Partnership is the support network for adult and further education professionals, providing 24/7, free and confidential support on issues around work, personal situations and finances.