Women make up over two thirds of workers delivering public services and make up 76% of UNISON membership, yet a disproportionate number of women across the public sector are in low-paid, part-time, often insecure (zero hours contracts) and undervalued work.

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.  Launched now in time for new autumn term, information about the bursary can be found on the regional website and/or you can request to be sent information and an application form.  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 and 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).

To find our more please you can download a copy of the bursary application form or contact Fiona Roberts, Regional Women’s Officer at f.roberts@unison.co.uk or on 01273 544039