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Help us celebrate 50 years of The Open University

The Open University 50th logoThe Open University is celebrating 50 years of helping to make the impossible, possible. If support from UNISON has enabled you to study with the OU, including free learning on OpenLearn, we’d love to hear from you and to share your story. If you would be happy to be part of our 50th story, please get in touch with Zoe Clayton ( as soon as you can. You can also find more information about all things 50 and the events you can watch or attend at

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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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New Free OU Resources

New free online resources for adult learners

The OU have developed a new website for adult learners who are looking for progression and study opportunities.  For more information visit our PEARL website.

Six new free online courses have also been developed.


Dementia Aware course

Dementia workshops

UNISON and the Open University  offer  free one day CPD workshops to members, these sessions are running in most regions. The day covers:

  • what is meant by the term dementia – types and causes
  • how having dementia affects the way a person behaves and functions
  • that there is more to a person than the dementia
  • that it is possible to live well with dementia.

For more information contact your regional education team.  If you don’t know their number call 0800 085 7857.

Contact us

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.