Improving education and learning for all


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UNISON bursaries

UNISON can offer awards for members studying with the OU and also small learning grants to help members undertake study with any organisation. Criteria, more information and the application form can be found here.

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Free OU Resources

Free online resources for adult learners

The OU has a free learning resource website called OpenLearn

FutureLearn is a platform which offers short online courses.

Six free online courses have also been developed.


Dementia Aware course

Workshop for members

In 2004 UNISON and The Open University joined forces to open up doors to learning for public service workers, and over nearly two decades thousands of UNISON members have taken advantage of our partnership to get qualifications, broaden their skills and knowledge, and move on in their careers.

We’re now working together to review and refresh the continuing professional development (CPD) offer for UNISON members, making it more relevant in a world of work and education that’s changing all the time.

This page will be updated as soon as we have more information.


More about UNISON

Do you have a question that you’d like to ask us?

Would you like further information about what the OU/UNISON partnership can do for you?

Drop us an email and a member of our team will get back to you with everything you need to know to get your learning journey underway.