Monday, 22 February 2010

Building Global Labour Networks


This post provides details of the Ruskin College MA in International Labour & Trade Union Studies (ILTUS) that has been kindly promoted by Eric Lee at LabourStart (

Please review the information below about the MA and contact me with any questions about applying:

Building Global Labour Networks – International Labour & Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford

In October 2010 a new generation of labour activists will join the global network of those
who have benefited from study and learning on the International Trade Union & Labour
Studies Masters Degree at Ruskin College in Oxford.

In the fight for global justice have you the ideas, the passion and interest to join other
students to explore and understand the national, regional and global challenges to
organised labour?

As the world of work, society and employment continue to change and adapt do you want
to develop the knowledge and skills to critically inform the way in which labour to its
challenges and to the way it responds globally?

If yes, then you should enrol on the next MA programme.

What they say about the Ruskin MA:

Trade unionism needs to be global if it’s going to tackle issues like trade, aid and debt;
transnational corporations and migrant workers. Ruskin has always been internationalist,
preparing generations of trade union officers and activists from around the world. Now we
need a new generation of young men and especially women, to take up the challenge,
acquire the knowledge and develop the skills appropriate to the new globalisation of work.
And this programme is just what they need.

Brendan Barber, General Secretary, UK TUC

The MA has broadened my understanding of union revitalisation and examples from unions
in various parts of the world that have embarked on strategies and actions to confront and
arrest union decline and crisis

Ariel B. Castro - Senior Specialist for Workers' Activities - ILO Subregional Office for South Asia
(Full-time MA student 2008-09)

What to do Next
Attend the MA Open Day at our base in Oxford on Saturday 8th May. Meet staff and current
students. Review course reading materials. E-mail Liz Mathews (MA Administrator) to
register your place:

You can see full details of the MA programme at:

You can get an application form at:

Scholarships - UK
Some UK trade unions provide scholarships for study at Ruskin. Even if your union does not
provide a scholarship we will support you in approaching your union, and other
organisations, for financial assistance to support the payment of course fees.

Details of UK trade union scholarships:

Scholarships - Overseas
Overseas applicants can apply for a Chevening Scholarship to fund their study. These
scholarships are limited, highly competitive and subject to interview and clearance by the
Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Interviews are conducted in the country you apply from.

Details of the Ruskin Chevening Scholarships:

Scholarship application form:

Ian Manborde
Ruskin College
MA ILTUS Programme Co-ordinator

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