New Learning Bursary for Low Paid Women Members

UNISON’s low-paid or part-time women members across the South East wishing to take up study at their own expense can now access a new ‘education bursary’ which is a scheme designed to help with the financial cost of studying.

There are two grants available:

  1. a grant of £150.00 per year for a maximum of three years for a shorter courses for example, skills based courses, GCSE’s, A Levels undertaken at further education colleges
  2. a grant £1,000.00 per year for a maximum of three years to support women undertaking Trade Union or Labour Movement studies which could include a degree, diploma or MA level studies at a recognised university (including Open University).

This opportunity is provided by the former Regional Secretary Phil Wood who retired in 2015.  He was adamant that the funding bequeathed by him for the bursary should be used exclusively for low-paid women members and the South East is proud to be able to offer low-paid women members this opportunity.  Many of our women members have benefited from the excellent training opportunities that UNISON offers but this new learning bursary goes one step further and provides exclusive opportunities for low-paid women members.  To find our more please you can download a copy of the bursary application form or contact Fiona Roberts, Regional Women’s Officer at or on 01273 544039

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