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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

UNISON and the Open University offer a number of free one day CPD workshops to members, these sessions are run nationally or regionally at multiple times throughout the year.  These workshops are:

  • Dementia awareness
  • Caring for Adults
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Mental Health in children and Young people awareness
  • Attachment in the Early Years
  • Managing Challenging behaviour (for schools and early years staff)
  • Autism Awareness

To book onto one of these workshop then please visit UNISON College: Events | UNISON Learning and Organising

Your regional UNISON education team may have further dates available please contact them directly.  f you do not know their contact details then please call: 0800 085 7857 or visit In your region | UNISON Learning and Organising

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.