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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. 

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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 Pension justice

USS, Pay and Equality

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 UCU Higher Education USS Pensions plus the pay and equality dispute.


UCU and UNISON branches

New YouTube channel created

We have created a new YouTube channel with the UNISON branch - if members have videos that they could share with us, please send a link to ucu@open.ac.uk.

10th March 2020

Strike dates announced

As reported in December, the UCU special sector conference on USS recommended a pattern of 14 days of strike action as in 2018. The UCU NEC agreed that institutions could vary this pattern slightly once employers were notified.

11th February 2020
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Apr 23

Branch meeting for all members 6

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00

May 14

Branch meeting for all members 7

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

Jun 2

AGM for all members

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Call into Room 015, Wilson C block, Walton Hall

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