The Learning Academy is the hub of learning and development for the student movement, created by NUS and expert training providers based on students’ union priorities. We provide learning opportunities delivered in a variety of methods including face-to-face, online and blended programmes. All training is delivered by experts from NUS or external partners and quality assured by the learning and development team.

Responding to your students’ union’s learning needs, the Learning Academy was launched in November 2017 with courses throughout 2018.

Navigate these pages to find out more about all of our courses and see our upcoming events below.

Leadership on Race Equity

This free, one day course for senior managers in students' unions will help you to understand issues of race and racism, and specifically how this manifests within the work place.

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss issues related to race and racism
  • Organise opportunities to further personal learning on racism
  • Organise opportunities to further others' learning on racism
  • Resource and prioritise work on racism at an organisational level
  • Advocate for race equity in your organisation

Dates were available throughout January and February 2018 in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Please register to U-Learn for updates of upcoming courses but if you would like more information about the course please click on the link below.

Mental Health First Aid Training

This two-day training course teaches people how to identify, understand and help people who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Currently there are no scheduled dates for this course. Please register to U-Learn for all updates on upcoming courses. However, if you would like more information on the MHFA course please click on the link below.

Train the Trainer

This is two day interactive training course which aims to train students' union staff and officers to create impactful training tailored to the needs of their audience.


30 - 31 May 2018, NUS London

14 - 15 August 2018, NUS Macclesfield

23 - 24 October 2018, NUS London

Please visit the Train the Trainer page for more information including the registration deadlines.

Creating Equity at Work

This one day course introduces and explores ways to create an inclusive and equitable environment at work.

As a result of the training delegates will be able to:

  • Organise opportunties to counter or reduce your unconscious bias.
  • Demonstrate allyship with those from liberation groups.
  • Prepare conversations that challenge oppressive behaviors to create behaviour change


13 June, NUS London

16 August, NUS Macclesfield

25 October, NUS London

Please visit the Creating Equity at Work page for more information including the registration deadlines.