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Warwick Learning Account

WLA scheme 2019/20 - Covid related update 29 April 2020

No new WLA vouchers will be issued in 2019/20. The vouchers are time specific so cannot be carried over until 2020/21 and as they have no monetary value we are unfortunately unable to issue any refund.

The Sports Centre is still unsure as to whether they will be allowed to re-open their facilities this year, they will act in accordance with Government guidance. When they do open they will be operating in a new way to ensure they can meet strict physical distancing measures, this will limit their user capacity and providing access to fee paying members (staff and student) will be prioritised. Therefore it will not be possible to transfer any unused vouchers to new course / provision.

As you will appreciate we are operating in unprecedented times and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Update from Organisational Development.
As from 16 March 2020 the Warwick Learning Account is no longer able to issue vouchers for Warwick Sport. Due to high interest in the Sports Hub we have already exceeded our budget by 100%. Any queries regarding this should be directed to WLA@warwick.ac.uk
A Warwick Learning Account provides vouchers towards selected courses with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Language Centre and Warwick Arts Centre. (Arts Centre vouchers are now issued by Organisational Development so please contact OD@warwick.ac.uk for any Arts Centre queries).
If you have an employment contract issued by University of Warwick HR and are paid from the standard salaries monthly payroll you are entitled to a Warwick Learning Account.
Please note, you are NOT entitled to Warwick Learning Account vouchers if you are:
on the Sessional Teaching Payroll (STP) or Variable Payroll (VAM)
a temporary worker (eg third party contract worker, Unitemps employee, external business' staff)
a visiting academic or
a PG (research/taught) student
  • The WLA scheme for 2019/20 runs from 1 August 2019 until 31 July 2020.
  • Requests for vouchers for Arts Centre Masterclasses should be made using the online application form available from the link in the right-hand column.
  • Request a virtual voucher for the Language Centre via the online application form available from the link in the right-hand column - enrolment for January 2020 is now open.
  • Applications for short courses should be made using the online application form available from the link in the right-hand column.
  • Please note that this scheme is limited to the courses listed on this page, and the availability of courses is subject to budgetary limits. Exclusions are listed at the bottom of this page.

How does the scheme work?
Are you eligible for a Warwick Learning Account
How can you use your Warwick Learning Account
How can I obtain my Warwick Learning Account Vouchers

How does the scheme work?

Depending upon the size and length of your contract, you can apply for vouchers which can be used towards a variety of programmes, as detailed below. Each voucher is worth up to £70, with the maximum allowance of 6 vouchers equating to £420 in 2019/20, with the exception of staff studying for part-time degrees, where there is a higher allowance. The vouchers are valid for one year and expire at the end of the financial year (31 July) or when budgetary limits have been reached. Unused vouchers cannot be carried forward or used by another member of staff or family member.

There are currently two forms of vouchers available; paper vouchers for use for Warwick Arts Centre Masterclasses, and ‘virtual’ vouchers for all other provision.

Are you eligible for a Warwick Learning Account?

If you have an employment contract issued by HR and are paid from the standard salaries monthly payroll you are entitled to a Warwick Learning Account.

The amount of your allowance depends upon the percentage of a full-time equivalent contract you work, as follows:

Percentage Contract

Standard Allowance

Part-time Degree Allowance

(For staff who do not already hold a first degree)

Part-time Degree Allowance

(For staff who already hold a first degree)

Up to 30% FTE

2 vouchers (up to £140)

Funding up to 30 CATS of study to a maximum of £1,540

Funding up to 15 CATS of study to a maximum of £770

31% to 60% FTE

4 vouchers (up to £280)

Funding up to 60 CATS of study to a maximum of £3,080

Funding up to 30 CATS of study to a maximum of £1,540

61% to 100% FTE

6 vouchers (up to £420)

For staff who are joining or leaving part-way through the year, the voucher allowance will be pro-rata using your contract start and end dates.

Part-time staff who were previously in receipt of a full allowance and have already embarked upon a Part-time Degree will continue to receive the full allowance until they complete their degree.

Staff who are on a career break will not be entitled to vouchers for the duration of their break. If a member of staff returns from a career break part-way through a financial year they will be entitled to a pro-rata allowance.

How can you use your Warwick Learning Account?

Undergraduate Degree Programme
 

If you wish to study for a part-time degree your vouchers have a higher monetary value, and in some cases there is an increased allowance, and will cover the cost of between 15 and 60 CATS/credits of study, as per the table above. Staff using their Warwick Learning Account for a part-time degree are not entitled to further vouchers for other purposes. Provided you do not already hold a first degree you may receive funding towards your degree of up to 60 credits per year, up to a maximum of £3080.

Staff members who already hold a first degree or higher level qualification

For existing students (started before 2012) there is no change, and we will continue to fund your studies up to 60 credits per year.

For new applicants starting in 2019, (or existing students who started from Oct 2012) we will fund the equivalent of up to 30 credits of study per year only, up to a maximum of £1540

View the part-time undergraduate degree programme.

Voucher reference numbers for Part-time degrees will be available from mid-August.

For current part-time degree students and students starting their course in 2019/20, funding from the Warwick Learning Account will be available for the duration of your current studies. For students planning to start a part-time degree in 2020/21, please note that the terms and conditions of the funding are likely to change.

Single Module Study

It may be possible for some undergraduate modules to be taken as a single module study. The maximum amount that can be claimed is £420 for 6 vouchers. Staff undertaking modules for single module study are not entitled to the increased allowances for part-time degrees.

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Within the Centre for Lifelong Learning you can use your vouchers for a variety of undergraduate and non-accredited certificates and courses. Unless specifically stated all costs and the value of the WLA vouchers are for 2019/20. The following courses are now available for 2019/20:

10 week accredited courses
Introduction to Counselling
4 WLA vouchers or alternatively 3 WLA vouchers and an additional payment of £50 are required for the 10 credit course.
The fee for 2019/20 is £260.

Mindfulness for everyday living (Online or classroom based)
4 WLA vouchers or alternatively 3 WLA vouchers and an additional payment of £50 are required for the 10 credit course.
The fee for 2019/20 is to £260.

10 week non-accredited course
Cultivating mindfulness
2 WLA vouchers or alternatively 1 WLA voucher and an additional payment of £30 are required for the course.
The fee for 2019/20 is £100.

Apply for your WLA vouchers

Workshop
Mindfulness 'Here and Now' Workshop
2 WLA vouchers or alternatively 1 WLA voucher plus and an additional payment of £30 are required for the course.
The fee for the course in 2019/20 is £100.

Apply for your WLA vouchers

Certificates
Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
6 WLA vouchers plus £910 are required for the 30 credit course. The fee for 2019/20 is £1330. You will be invoiced by Student Finance for the balance. (For non-October start dates only, the balance will be due as a lump sum via an online form.) Further details and the application form are online.

Apply for your WLA vouchers

Language Centre

WLA virtual vouchers for Language Centre classes are available to request via the link on the right.

Enrolment for January 2020 is open until Thursday 2 January and more information is available on the Language Centre’s website pages:
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/lifelonglearning/greek/
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/academic/french/
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/academic/Spanish/

The courses will start week commencing 6 January 2020.

Warwick Sport

WLA is no longer able to issue vouchers for Warwick Sport. Due to high interest in the Sports Hub we have already exceeded our budget by 100%

Warwick Arts Centre - Masterclasses

Spring term 2020 Arts Centre Masterclasses are now available to reserve by telephone (then send your WLA voucher(s) to the Arts Centre). Further details and prices are available from the Arts Centre links below. The Masterclasses include:

Sun 12 Jan

Chocolate Making for Beginners

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-chocolate-making-for-beginners/

Sun 26 Jan

Getting Creative with your Fancy Camera

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-getting-creative-with-your-fancy-camera/

Sat 1 Feb

Mastering Stage Makeup

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-mastering-stage-makeup/

Sun 9 Feb

Keeping Up with the Kids - Computing for Parents

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-keeping-up-with-the-kids-computing-for-parents/

Sun 23 Feb

Introduction to Unarmed Stage Combat

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-introduction-to-unarmed-stage-combat/

Sun 1 Mar

Life Drawing

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-life-drawing/

Sun 1 Mar

Introduction to Linocut Printmaking

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2020/warwick-masterclass-2020-introduction-to-linocut-printmaking/

Please note WLA places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the WLA places have been filled, it may still be possible to pay for a Masterclass.

Summer 2020 will be launching late January and currently includes, wedding flower arranging, watercolour landscapes, rag rugging, introduction to Tango, Advanced Stained Glass Window Making, more photography and novel writing!

How do I obtain my Warwick Learning Account Vouchers?

In 2018/19, over 3,500 vouchers were issued but not used, so please ONLY request your vouchers when you know what you are planning to use them for. Whilst there is a finite budget for each programme, this is allocated in the order that actual bookings are made, not in the order that vouchers are issued.

Use the appropriate online form available from the links in the right-hand column to request your vouchers.

Your paper vouchers will be sent to your departmental address via the internal mail, whilst virtual vouchers will be issued via email.

Exclusions

We are not able to offer the following programmes through the Warwick Learning Account:

  • Music Centre tuition
  • IT qualifications (e-Citizen, etc)
  • Postgraduate courses, Diploma in Coaching, or accredited IATL honours level modules
  • One-to-one tuition

If you have any queries about the Warwick Learning Account, please email wla at warwick dot ac dot uk.

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