North & West Division – Further Education Bursary Scheme 2023 – 2024

To:              All Mandate Trade Union Members

Re:             Further Education Bursary Scheme 2023 – 2024

From:         John Carty – Divisional Organiser

Date:          Monday 2nd October 2023

Dear Member,

We hope this correspondence finds you safe and well. 

Please see below correspondence from Mr. Jonathan Hogan, Mandate Assistant General Secretary, with regard to the Further Education Bursary Scheme 2023 / 2024. 

If you wish to submit an application, then please email your details to or call 091 562750 and we will post an application form to you.  Upon receipt of the application form, please complete all relevant sections and return in the prepaid envelope provided. Closing date Friday 17th November 2023

Alternatively, you can download the application form by clicking HERE Please print this form, complete all relevant sections and return the form to:

Ms. Louise Foy
Further Education Bursary Scheme
Mandate Trade Union
O’Lehane House
9 Cavendish Row
Freepost F3846
Dublin 1 

If you have any questions or queries with regard to same, please do not hesitate to contact Mandate office Galway.  

Yours fraternally,

John Carty
Divisional Organiser

Dear Colleague

The National Executive Council will provide a Bursary Scheme under specific conditions to
members who wish to attend further education or classes in the academic year 2023/2024.

The conditions are as follows:

1.Applicants must be a current full member of Mandate Trade Union for a minimum of six months prior to the closing date for applications. In addition, if successful in their application, they must be a full member of Mandate when the payment of the bursary is due.
2.Preference will be given to applicants with a record of union activism at the various
committee levels and who have enrolled in courses covering trade union, industrial
relations or related studies e.g. legal studies. Members should provide details of union activism in the relevant section on the application form.

3. The Bursary:

3.1The Bursary will apply to course fees for a maximum of one academic year for any approved course/module(s).
3.2The Bursary will only cover course/tuition fees.
3.3The Bursary may not be used to fund materials, travel, equipment or any other costs associated with your studies.
3.4The Bursary is not transferable.
3.5The Bursary cannot be used in conjunction with any other union funding of a course of studies.
4.Applications for grants for courses or classes on leisure activities will not be considered.
5.Applications for CAO courses will not be considered.
6.Fees for the course in question must be paid and the receipt attached. No application will be considered in the absence of a receipt. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the appropriate documentation is attached to their application.
7.Retrospective applications for courses completed in previous years other than the current academic year will not be accepted.
8.Once applicants meet the eligibility requirements above and depending on the number of applications, they may be entered into a draw. The number of successful applicants drawn will be based on the designated size of the bursary fund made available by the National Executive Council.
9.All or any payments made will be at the discretion of the National Executive Council.
10.To ensure the continued participation by members who are awarded grants in the courses selected, the National Executive Council reserve the right to pay any grant sanctioned in two or more instalments or as may be decided. It is expected that successful applicants will agree to stay in membership of Mandate Trade Union for twelve months after the bursary is paid.
11.Consideration of applications will be confined to those with receipts for fees paid which are received by our Mandate Head Office marked for the attention of Louise Foy by the closing date Friday 17th November 2023. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into in connection with any application after this date.
12.The decision of the National Executive Council on all matters relating to this Bursary Scheme will be final.

Yours fraternally
For Mandate Trade Union

Jonathan Hogan
National Co-ordinator