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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

Campaigns

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.

News

Change in tax rules on Pay in Lieu of Notice

The rules on pay in lieu of notice (PILON) changed in April 2018 and now all payments in lieu of notice will be taxable, whether contractual or non-contractual.

13th August 2018
Denzil DeSouza

Branch Equality Officer

Our Equality Officer, Denzil DeSouza, has recently resigned his position on the Executive Committee as he is leaving the Open University at the end of 2018.

9th August 2018
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Events

Sep 18

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30 to 12:30

OU UCU Branch meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

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