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Skills for Change: Train the Trainer days

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NUS are excited to launch Skills For Change, our new training initiative to support unions in developing student activists on your campus.

Over the past two years we have supported activist development by delivering campaigns training to students in your unions. This has been so successful that we’re now seeing more and more requests for this training as well as unions delivering their own amazing training programmes too.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a training package aimed directly at students and ready to be delivered by staff and officers in students’ unions. This training gives students all the skills they need to campaign whilst giving your unions the flexibility to deliver the training in the way that suits your students best.

If you’re interested in delivering this training, we are holding a set of Skills For Change: Train the Trainer days to share the resources with you and give unions the opportunity to plan how they might deliver the training or work together to roll it out locally. These days are;

21st August               -          London

2nd September          -          Manchester

3rd September           -          Newcastle

4th September          -           Birmingham

5th September          -           Exeter

6th September          -           Kent

There will also be specific training days for unions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the dates of which we’ll be able to confirm soon.

This training is ideal primarily for staff who are responsible for training students to campaign but also officers who want to lead on building campaigning capacity in their unions.

The training is free of charge and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The training is initially limited to 3 participants per unions but this limit may be extended nearer the time.

To register to attend one of these days or to find out more information contact dani.beckett@nus.org.uk



The Skills for Change resources comprise of training materials for a series of sessions aimed at giving students the skills to campaign on the issues that matter to them. The session content covers;

  • Where to start
  • Campaign planning
  • Mobilising support
  • Using digital media
  • Power mapping
  • Building coalitions
  • PR for campaigns
  • Effective lobbying
  • Campaigns in action
  • Evalutaion

The Skills For Change: Train the Trainer days will provide an introduction to these resources, training activities and give staff and officers the opportunity to plan for the delivery of the training and identify potential areas for collaboration.

For more information or to book your place on a Train the Trainer day please email dani.beckett@nus.org.uk


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