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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 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.

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.


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Immigration employment advice

If you require assistance with a matter concerning your ability to live (or continue to live) and work in qualifying employment in the United Kingdom please contact UCU's Membership and Professional Support Department who will refer you to special

2nd June 2017
Our new TUC heart unions table cloth

Report on TUC Discrimination Law Conference, January 2017

Our Branch Equality Officer, Denzil de Souza attended the TUC Discrimination Law conference, along with one of our AL reps, Kevin McNerney.  Denzil’s full report is on our blog and here are some extracts from that report.

2nd June 2017
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Jun 26

OU UCU IT members meeting

Monday, June 26, 2017 -

12:00 to 13:00

Walton Hall

Contact: UCU Office

Sep 20

OU UCU Executive Committee meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:30

Branch General meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:30

B232, 2nd floor, Wilson B Block

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