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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.

Get help

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.


Casework training new dates

Could you be a caseworker? 

Each year our branch supports hundreds of members with queries and difficult situations at work. We need more volunteers to help us with casework. 

13th January 2021
Season's Greetings 2020

Seasons Greetings 2020

Sending very best wishes of the season to all our members! 
23rd December 2020
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Jan 28

Branch meeting 28 January

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

Feb 24

Branch meeting Feburary 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

Mar 16

Branch meeting March 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Join UCU today

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Join by phone on
0333 207 0719

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Call into Room 015, Wilson C block, Walton Hall

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