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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.


BBC Today Programme transcript from 23 March 2018

Our UCU Regional Official, Lydia Richards, was interviewed on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 on 23rd March 2018.

4th April 2018

USS dispute - Notes of national UCU meetings on Tuesday 13th March

We promised summary notes from our national UCU meetings on 14 March. This was meant as a report on  the major events of the early week around USS so that we could answer questions.

22nd March 2018
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Apr 26

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Thursday, April 26, 2018 -

10:30 to 12:30

OU UCU Branch Meeting

Thursday, April 26, 2018 -

12:30 to 13:30

Jun 21

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Thursday, June 21, 2018 -

11:00 to 13:00

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