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Trade Union Outreach

Thanks to a historic partnership with unionlearn, trade union members can get a 10% discount on tuition fees at Birkbeck for each year of their course. 

Birkbeck’s Access and Engagement team work closely with trade unions to identify groups of mature learners who may benefit from higher education and offer them targeted pre-entry support and Information, Advice and Guidance to help them to take the next step.

Please note: The discounts on course fees that Birkbeck offers are mutually exclusive – if you are eligible for more than one discount, you may only claim one.



  • Many workers will be affected by role changes and restructuring in the workplace in the coming years. Union learning reps, officers and organisers are uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by the sector they represent.
  • We would like to work with trade unions to:
    • help demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning and the benefits of higher education to the workforce
    • identify sectors or roles who may be affected by increased automation or restructuring who do not currently have a formal qualification at level 4 or higher
    • enable workers to return to education in order to adapt and move up in their careers
    • better understand the journeys and challenges faced by workers and those supporting them, in order to help inform our provision.
  • We can do this by collaborating on existing provision as well as providing targeted outreach and IAG support. To discuss outreach opportunities in your union, branch or employer, please contact