The Open University branch of the University and College Union
Recently Caroline Holland stepped down as Hon Secretary of the Executive Committee. We are very grateful for her work and commitment to the branch, and she has been co-opted to sit as an Ordinary Member of the Executive Committee.
Following this the branch has a vacancy for a Hon Secretary and for two other roles: Central Academic-Related Officer and Regional/National Academic-Related Officer.
Full details of the nomination process have been sent to all members and the role descriptions are provided below. Nominations must include a 300-word election statement and 2 emails of support from other members. All material must be received by 4pm on Monday 11th March. Please see the attached calling notice for further information.
If you’d like to know more about the roles and the time commitment involved, please contact the branch office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The duties of the honorary secretary are to call general and Executive Committee meetings of the branch; to ensure that minutes of those meetings are kept; to organise membership circulations as the Executive Committee deems necessary; and to perform such other duties as are laid on the honorary secretary by any rule or are decided by the Executive Committee.
The honorary secretary will make arrangements for recruitment and for keeping any membership records that are necessary at local level. The honorary secretary will ensure that all relevant membership information is passed to UCU head office promptly to enable statutory and rule requirements of membership records to be met.
In the absence of the honorary secretary, the honorary secretary's duties will be performed by another officer as the committee decides.
Central Academic-related staff officer
The central academic-related staff officer will be a member of the central academic-related staff and will have a special responsibility for ensuring that the interests and concerns of central academic-related staff are reflected in the work of the branch. S/he will assist in communications with central academic-related staff members and will assist in branch recruitment efforts in respect of the staff for which s/he is responsible.
Regional/national Academic-related staff officer
The regional/national academic-related staff officer will be a member of the regional/national academic-related staff and will have a special responsibility for ensuring that the interests and concerns of regional/national academic-related staff are reflected in the work of the branch. S/he will assist in communications with regional/national academic-related staff members, and will assist in branch recruitment efforts in respect of the staff for which s/he is responsible