The Open University branch of the University and College Union
Our Honorary Secretary wrote an article for a past issue of our branch newsletter, The Spark, and these 2 files are related to an article on AL salary:
Unlike other staff ALs are not surveyed by the university about their working hours, so the survey conducted by OU UCU is therefore the only such survey to date. We reported provisional results for a few modules in an issue of the Spark (February 2015), and since then our analysis has borne out these early results. If you would like to see the results for your own module then please contact Lesley Kane or the UCU office.
The OU branch of UCU is recognised by the Open University as representing the interests of Associate Lecturers. With your support as a member, we can negotiate from a strong position with the OU. As with any arrangement, individuals may find themselves uncertain or threatened and this is an area where the union can help you. However, we can provide advice and help only to members. And, like any union, we are stronger with more members. The subscription can be as little as £1 per month, depending on your total OU salary. If you are already a member of the UCU at another university, then you can have the OU branch of UCU as your secondary branch, contact email@example.com to arrange this.
Information on the OU website (Tutorhome) on AL pensions:
www.open.ac.uk/tutors/employment-info/pages/salary-and-benefits/pensions.htm (OU staff only)
Any queries you have should, in the first instance, be discussed with the OU Pensions department or the branch has two Pensions Officers - contact the OU branch of UCU on 01908 6(53069) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an Associate Lecturer UCU member, you can get help and advice from one of our AL Caseworkers or from our ALs Officer on the Branch Executive Committee, please contact the UCU office on 01908 6(53069) or by email email@example.com. We have an AL reps committee, some of these reps are trained caseworkers but please contact the branch office to talk to one of them.