The Open University branch of the University and College Union
We don't yet have full information on the details of the OU Redesign project but we have asked members to volunteer to help us with whatever is in the pipeline.
Update August 2017
The University has announced that it does not intend to proceed with putting IT out to tender. This is fantastic news for the loyal and dedicated staff in IT, who were facing the prospect of transfer to an external company. It is also great news that the University will now retain control of the IT services on which the future depends.
We launched a petition about the possible outsourcing of IT and we would like to thank all of the 8229 people who signed it: www.change.org/p/stop-privatisation-at-the-open-university
IT meeting about TUPE - FAQs added 1st August 2017
Negotiations for a new Associate Lecturer Contract were paused after the Group Tuition Policy (GTP) issues, they have now restarted and there was an announcement on TutorHome page on 29 March 2017, the message is copied here:
AL Contract Negotiation Update
The following statement from UCU and the Open University provides the latest update on the status of the negotiations towards a new AL contract:
'AL Contract negotiations are now back on track after a suspension during the GTP difficulties. The UCU/Management contract negotiating group met for a full day on 22 March 2017 and agree that good progress is being made. Further meetings will be held in April and May. The intention is to agree the basis of a new contract that can be balloted on by the summer.'
AL Contract Negotiation Group
Our Academic policy working group have held its first meeting and the new OU Academic Policy was approved by OU Senate in April 2017.
There is information on the UCU national website about the national pay claim for 2017.
The information we sent to all members about the Locations Agreement with the OU is on the Regional Office closures page.