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USS Meeting to be held with the VC and a letter in response to his communications

Thanks to concerted pressure from both the UCU branch executive and individual members the VC has agreed to a meeting with the Branch president Lesley Kane and Vice President Caitlin Adams on Monday (12th) next week. This is a step forward and provides an opportunity for the VC to listen and reconsider the approach taken by the University over the dispute.

8th March 2018

UCU Congress and HE Sector Conference 2018 take place in Manchester from 30th May to 1st June 2018

Congress is the supreme policy making body of the union.

If any branch member wants to suggest a motion for the OU UCU branch to put forward to Congress or to HE Conference, please send it to ucu@open.ac.uk by close of business on Friday 9th March, or email ucu@open.ac.uk if you have an idea for a motion and want help in drafting it. 

Motions that are specific to Higher Education are usually considered appropriate for HE Conference.

5th March 2018

OU branch of UCU's reply to the Vice Chancellor

Dear Mr Horrocks,
Thank you for your recent comments on OU news regarding the ongoing USS pensions dispute, and the industrial action that UCU are taking in response to the proposed changes.
However, we are profoundly concerned and disappointed with some quite serious inaccuracies in your public position, which puts you at odds with both UCU’s financial assessments of USS, and increasing numbers of sector VC’s who have accepted the current USS valuation is, at best, deeply flawed.

27th February 2018

Open letter to the Vice Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) of The Open University

21st February 2018
As we sit on the brink of an industrial action that nobody wants, it is not too late for the Open University to take a leadership position in averting these strikes. We urge you to consider the recent comments of Anthony Forster, the Vice Chancellor of Essex University (see http://blogs.essex.ac.uk/vc/)

21st February 2018
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OU Senate workshop on a UCU strike day

We are asking members to email the VC to protest about the refusal to re-schedule the Senate workshop on 22nd February for a non-strike day. Please feel free to copy in the university secretary Keith Zimmerman. 

There is suggested text below explaining the reasons for this, and please feel free to add to it or modify it.

16th February 2018

Please write to your MP about the crisis facing the Open University and part-time adult education

Below is some suggested text for a letter/email to your MP and a link to resources for finding out about your MP and writing to him/her.

You may want to modify the suggested text below with your own experiences and local knowledge. If you are writing to a Labour MP you might mention that the Open University is one of Labour’s enduring achievements, now under threat from marketisation of Higher Education.

9th February 2018

Learning and Teaching Principles in the OU: The Need for Safeguards!

Copy of an email to all OU UCU members, 22 January 2018

This email is to ensure that all OU UCU members are fully aware of proposed changes to learning and teaching being discussed at Senate on 24th January 2018.

Senate will be discussing a set of Learning and Teaching Principles that will drive an implementation plan.

22nd January 2018
OU Branch of UCU festive heart

UCU view on the VC's email

We wish our members and all at the OU a good and well deserved holiday.   

A number of you have contacted us about the VC's message of 11th December, and we would like to share some points made by UCU reps and other members.

21st December 2017
Universities Superannuation Scheme

USS dispute - FAQs on UCU website

UCU have added some Frequently asked questions over the USS dispute.

Under pressure from UCU, talks with Universities UK are happening on 14th and 15th December. However the employers still refuse to meet beyond 18 December so please post back your ballot paper if you haven't already done so.

FAQs on the UCU website: www.ucu.org.uk/uss-dispute-questions

15th December 2017
Universities Superannuation Scheme

UCU ballot for the USS dispute

Voting papers have been sent out today (29th November 2017), in the ballot for industrial action over proposals to end guaranteed pension payments in the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).

If you have not received your paper ballot paper by Monday 4th December use the UCU online form to order a replacement.

29th November 2017

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