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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.

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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.


USS Pensions Dispute - Members' Views On 'Agreement' Needed Urgently

UCU members will have have received an email tonight (12th March) from Sally Hunt regarding the ACAS talks. The negotiators have come back with a proposal that we assume they wish to put to members.

13th March 2018

USS Meeting to be held with the VC and a letter in response to his communications

Thanks to concerted pressure from both the UCU branch executive and individual members the VC has agreed to a meeting with the Branch president Lesley Kane and Vice President Caitlin Adams on Monday (12th) next week.

8th March 2018
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Mar 20

Wind tunnel table - find out about UCU and the USS dispute

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -

12:30 to 13:30

Mar 22

Wind tunnel table - find out about UCU and the USS dispute 2

Thursday, March 22, 2018 -

12:30 to 13:30

Apr 26

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Thursday, April 26, 2018 -

10:30 to 12:30

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