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University and College Union

The Open University branch of the University and College Union

University and College Union

OU branch of the University and College Union

Welcome to The Open University Branch of the University and College Union's website (OUBUCU).

If you are employed in an academic (including Associate Lecturer), Academic-Related, Research or Research Student role by The Open University, UCU is the Union for you.  We represent all staff in those grades. This means that we have an important role to play in protecting YOUR interests and YOUR employment – salary, conditions, professional concerns, and individual problems. 

Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary

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Nationally, the University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

Word cloud of things UCU can help you with at work.

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If you have a problem at work then we have trained caseworkers who can support you.

USS dispute - March 2018


UCU campaigns for improvements in the pay and conditions of further and higher education staff across the UK and for the provision of high quality education opportunities. Currently involved in the national USS dispute: www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss. The branch page on the USS dispute is here: ucu.open.ac.uk/campaigns/uss.


OU UCU email to all members

This message is to bring you up to date with some of the issues that the OU UCU branch is currently dealing with.

22nd May 2018

Unions stand at the Open University's Charter day

We were pleased to be able to have a joint Unions stand at the OU's Charter day on 8th May - we shared the stand with the Open University branch of UNISON and the Open University Chapel of the National Union of Journalists.

9th May 2018
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Jun 6

OU UCU All Associate Lecturer members meeting 2

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Jun 21

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:00 to 13:00

Sep 18

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30 to 12:30

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