Bursaries – TUC Educational Trust

One Year Awards bursaries, offered through the TUC Educational Trust for 2014/2015, are available to students accepted on one-year residential courses at listed colleges.

Bursaries are also available for students offered a place on the Certificate in Industrial Relations at Keele University and the Ruskin College MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies.

In addition, two bursaries are available to enable trade union members to visit a European Union country.

For further information contact Liz Rees, Secretary, TUC Education Trust lrees@tuc.org.uk

Clive Jenkins European Study Bursary 2014/15

The TUC Educational Trust offers two bursaries of £800 each to enable trade union members to visit a European Union country in 2014/15. These bursaries are from a trust established by Clive Jenkins.

The purpose of the visit will be to study, first-hand, an aspect of trade unionism, industrial relations, training or employment and to write a report for TUC Education.

The bursaries are intended to cover travel and subsistence only – no funds are available for any loss of earnings. Applications are required to plan their study project and to estimate costs. Preference will be given to study projects with clearly defined aims.

The closing date for applications is 15 August 2014.

Keele University

The TUC Educational Trust can provide bursaries for the courses at Keele University. Bursaries are available for the undergraduate Keele Certificate in Industrial Relations and for a range of part-time industrial relations postgraduate courses.

The Certificate programme takes a detailed look at the three main sets of institutions in industrial relations: the unions, the employers and the state.

The course builds towards a detailed analysis of industrial relations using students’ existing knowledge and experience. It situates current developments in industrial relations within their historical context and includes a wide range of examples from the private and public sectors of industry, different occupations and trade unions. It also allows students to choose options to pursue specialist interests.

The Certificate is open to anyone with industrial relations experience. All applicants are asked to attend an interview.

The course is delivered through three residentials at Keele (in September, January and April) supported by distance learning study packs, electronic resources and a dedicated personal tutor Each student does five essay assignments, which become progressively longer as the course proceeds. Particular attention is given to the development of study skills and writing techniques.

Candidates will usually have successfully completed courses run by their own trade union or the TUC, up to and including higher level learning.

The TUC Educational Trust can provide for ten bursaries of £250 to students who are offered a place on the above Certificate course.

Bursaries are alo available to students who are offered a place on the following part-time courses:

Keele MA pathways: Industrial Relations; Industrial Relations and Employment Law; Industrial Relations and HRM; European HRM and Industrial Relations

The TUC Educational Trust can provide three bursaries of £1000 (two payments of £500 for each year of study for part time students) who are offered a place on one of the above MA courses.

For further details about these courses, please contact Kim Mather (Course Director) email: k.mather@keele.ac.uk or Claire Butters (Course Administrator) email c.l.butters@keele.ac.uk. Application for a place on these courses is made electronically via Keele University's postgraduate admissions website.

If you wish to apply for one of the postgraduate TUC Educational Trust bursaries, you will need to apply to Liz Rees, National Trade Union Education Manager, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS on the application form below. You can also email the completed form to Liz Rees: lrees@tuc.org.uk.

TUC Educational Trust One Year Awards

Northern College, Coleg Harlech, Hillcroft College, Fircroft College and Newbattle Abbey College are offering one year residential courses leading to a Diploma. Course subjects include: Labour Studies; History; Social Studies.

The courses are financed by mandatory state grants to students and the TUC provides three additional bursaries of £925 to students who are offered a place by the college. If you wish to apply for a TUC Educational Trust, you must first obtain a form from the college that has offered you a place in the 2014/15 term.

Fircroft College
1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH

Coleg Harlech
Coleg Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2PU

Newbattle Abbey College
Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian EH22 3LL

Northern College
Registration and Records Unit, Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley, South Yorks S75 3ET

Hillcroft College
South Bank, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6DF

Please send a copy of that form together with the bursary application form. Bursary applications will not be considered without confirmation from the relevant college.

TUC Educational Trust One Year Scholarship Application Form 2014/15 (doc)

The Ruskin College MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies

This MA tackles the challenges of globalisation of labour movements, especially union renewal and new forms of union democracy, organising and leadership.

Full time students meet weekly for a one-day taught session. This is supplemented by tutorials. Part-time students attend 3-day long residential workshops. In year one, there are 6 workshops, in year two, there are 3. The workshops are a mixture of tutor-led sessions, student-led seminars supplemented by guest speakers comprising trade union officials and leading academics.

Candidates for this course are likely to be graduate trade union activists and officers, or those working and studying in the field, e.g. NGO staff, or graduates in industrial relations, human resource management, business studies, economics and associated disciplines, humanities and social science or labour movement activists from the UK and internationally.

The TUC Educational Trust can provide for three bursaries of £1000 (or two payments of £500 for each year of study for part time students) who are offered a place on the above MA course.