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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.

Get help

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

One day without us event February 2017


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.


Universities Superannuation Scheme

UCU ballot for the USS dispute

Voting papers have been sent out today (29th November 2017), in the ballot for industrial action over proposals to end guaranteed pension payments in the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).

29th November 2017

OU branch of UCU new Executive Committee and President

The results of our election for a new Branch President were announced at the AGM on Tuesday 14th November, Lesley Kane is our new President.

15th November 2017
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Dec 21

OU UCU - Whistleblowing in the Groves of Academe

Thursday, December 21, 2017 -

19:30 to 20:30

Contact: OU branch of UCU

Jan 15

OU UCU Second Open meeting on USS

Monday, January 15, 2018 -

12:30 to 13:30

Contact: OU branch of UCU

Jan 16

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -

11:00 to 13:00

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