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Workplace Learning Agreement

The Workplace Learning Agreement was developed over 2013 by a working group of members of the three recognised campus trades’ unions, University and College Union (UCU), Unison and Unite, Keith Harrison, College Secretary, Neil O’Connor, Head of Learning and Organisational Development and Kate Burrell, formerly of Linking-London.  The agreement was signed on 24 February 2014. Please click here for a copy.     

It is recognised that having such an agreement will encourage:

  • A dialogue between unions and the College over learning matters;
  • A sharing of resources and expertise in the area of learning;
  • Employees to feel confident in the learning opportunities they can access; and
  • Union learning representatives to work in partnership with the employer. 

The agreement recognises the statutory rights of union learning representatives and the role of the union learning representative.  For this information please click here.  Names of the union learning representatives are available from your local union committee, or member of the Learning Partnership Group below.               

A Learning Partnership Group has been established, which will complement existing processes and activities from internal providers, such as Learning and Organisational Development and the Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching.  It will have the purpose of helping to identify learning needs, propose, guide and communicate learning activities, and review access and participation.  

Membership of the group is:

  • Keith Harrison, College Secretary
  • Jenny Pedler (UCU)
  • Simon Deville (Unison)
  • Steve Hirons (Unite)
  • Naina Patel, Director of Human Resources
  • Neil O’Connor, Head of Learning and Organisational Development                          

The group meets twice a year and the next meeting is in the summer term.    


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