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Working with trade unions to build lifelong learning opportunities


The agreement between the University of London and unionlearn aims to encourage lifelong online learning both during and after the pandemic.

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The University of London is thrilled to announce that it has signed an agreement with unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Union Congress, assisting unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members.

Unionlearn works with 49 individual unions, including Unison, RMT, and UCU to name a few and has a membership base of over 5.5 million. With a strong agenda for providing opportunities for development and lifelong learning for all members, and support from the government to support a skills gap in the UK workforce, it was a natural collaboration.

Global Engagement’s UK Business Development Manager, Lindsay Steven, worked closely with colleagues at King’s, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway to agree bursaries of 10% for all eligible TUC members on four University of London degree programmes:

This will be promoted as part of unionlearn’s Learning@home drive to encourage lifelong online learning during and after the pandemic.  

Unionlearn Director, Kevin Rowan, said: “We are delighted to be working with University of London to offer trade union members a discount on a number of higher level learning programmes.

“This agreement provides a fantastic opportunity for members to study towards a degree, build their skills and improve their job prospects. This partnership will open up doors to more members and we look forward to working with the University of London over the coming years."

Discussions are already underway about adding other University of London programmes to the agreement.

Bursary information, including how to apply and the terms of the discount can be found on the University of London website’s Scholarships and Bursaries page.