Learning and Open University grants for UNISON members

Grants available to support members studying in further and higher education

UNISON is offering grants to members studying at further education or first degree levels as part of the support we offer to help members get ahead and develop their careers.

The following grants are available for members studying at their own expense in 2017:

  • learning support grants of £100 for members on further education courses or first degree level courses;
  • Open University grants of £200 for 60 point courses at first degree level with the OU or £60 for 30 point courses.

Details and application form [PDF]



Lauren from the East Midlands had this to say after receiving her grant:

“My job was coming to an end so I decided to turn this into a positive step – I applied for an access course so I could begin a Social Work degree.

“This was a big commitment in terms of time and money and, as a single mum, I really welcomed the learning grant support I received from UNISON.

“It was all worth it as I’ve now been accepted to start university and I’m looking forward to a new career.”

Find out more on the learning and development: financial support site of the website.