Financial support

Workshop participants group. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Due to unprecedented demand, the bursary/learning grant scheme will be closing on 25 September 2020. 

We still have a range of accredited training available to members via the Skills Academy offer and the discounts that our partner organisations offer UNISON members are still available.

The scheme will reopen in January 2021.

18 September 2020

UNISON wants to help members realise their potential. We offer financial support to members taking part in various educational and learning opportunities, as well as learning discounts from a number of providers. We also offer grants to members studying on trade union and labour movement or women’s studies courses.

The number of grants is limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served, basis. See the relevant application form for further details.

I have received my undergraduate degree. I scored a 2:1, meaning that I have wonderful opportunities for future full time employment; future self-employment, and future post graduate education.

I should like to convey my deep felt thanks to you all at UNISON for helping me financially with the Open University grants I received towards modules. I have always delighted in being an active member of UNISON, and will continue do so with enthusiasm.

– James, West Midlands

Being a UNISON member can also save you money on a range of educational opportunities, both online and offline.

Open University grants

Open University grants are available to UNISON members undertaking 30 and 60 point Open University courses up to and including undergraduate level at their own expense. Grants are made as follows:

  • 60 point courses: up to £500
  • 30 point courses: up to £250

Please note that to be eligible for the grant for this year your 30 or 60 point course with the OU must start in 2020

Click to download the application form for 2020

 

Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies grants

Members studying these subjects can apply for the following:

  • Certificate or Diploma grants of up to £500 towards fees for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses
  • Bachelor or Masters Degree study: substantial grants for union reps studying Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies degrees

Please note that to be eligible for the grant for this year your course must start in 2020

Click to download the application form for 2020

 

Learning grants

These grants of up to £300 are intended to help members studying at levels up to and including undergraduate at their own expense on the following types of courses:

  • Trade Union and Labour Studies (where an applicant has not received a bursary)
  • non-vocational education up to and including undergraduate level (e.g. GCSE maths or English)
  • vocational education relevant to public service work up to and including undergraduate level

Please note that to be eligible for the grant for this year your course must start in 2020

Click to download the application form for 2020

 

Learning discounts for UNISON members

Members can get fee discounts for distance learning from:

  • National Extension College – 10% discount on all NEC courses, including GCSEs, A-levels, and vocational courses; let them know you’re a union member when you enrol
  • CILEx Law School – 5% discount on law courses (excluding legal practice course or postgraduate Diploma in Law
  • The Open College of the Arts – £100 off OCA tutored arts and craft courses for UNISON members enrolling on their first course unit with the OCA
  • Birkbeck, University of London – 10% discount for union members
  • E-Careers – 10% discount for UNISON members on a range of professional skills development courses; quote ‘UNISON10’
  • University of London – 10% discount for union members on four of its distance learning courses

 

Do you work in a school?

The Education Support Partnership, a charity for the education workshop, offers a Training and Development fund in partnership with the CSIS Charity Fund, specifically to assist:

Photograph © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk