12 December 2008
CWU activists can now apply to study to degree level with the union. Studying at this level is designed to enhance and develop trade union activism in preparation for taking on a variety of roles within the labour movement.
The Union will support a number of students in a programme of part-time, flexible distance learning that may lead to a certificate in higher education, a diploma or a full degree, provided by London Metropolitan University.
These programmes are designed specifically for trade unionists and full support will be provided for students who are returning to learn for the first time. The course will lead to a BA in Labour and Trade Union Studies and the following two study paths will be available:
Applicants for this programme should normally have completed the following CWU courses or TUC equivalent to meet the requirements: CWU Branch Officers 1, 2 and 3 or CWU Advanced Skills 1, 2 and 3.
It will be an advantage if applicants have also completed the CWU or TUC Trade Union and Labour studies Further Education Certificate or the CWU or TUC Employment Law Certificate.
Applicants for this programme should normally have completed the following CWU courses or TUC equivalent to qualify to meet the requirements: Health and Safety 1, 2 and 3.
It will be an advantage if they have also completed the CWU or TUC Occupational Health and Safety Further Education certificate.
This programme of study is starts in September with an optional one day induction for students at London Metropolitan University . Depending on student preferences the course may last from one to six years.
The programme of study will require students to attend a number of short residential block courses each year supplemented by distance learning with tutor support. Residential elements of the course will be undertaken at the Metropolitan University of London, the T&G Education Centre in Eastbourne and the CWU Education Centre at Alvescot Lodge in Oxfordshire.