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Rules and Forms

Branch rules

The new Rules were accepted by ballot and came into force after the OU branch of UCU Annual General Meeting on 29 November 2007.

An amendment was made to the Branch rules at the Branch General Meetings in March and April 2010, and also at the AGM November 2014.

OU branch of UCU Rules 2014

If you have attended any OU branch of UCU meeting or event, please use the form below to claim expenses from the branch. National UCU events and training course expenses are claimed from UCU nationally, please contact to request a printed copy of the expenses claim form.

OU branch of UCU - travel expenses claim form, updated Jan 2016

Career Development and Staff Appraisal (CDSA) agreements

1987 - CDSA agreement between the OU and AUT (old name for UCU)

2007 - CDSA Agreement between the OU and UCU

Joint Agreements

The procedure document details the agreement between the OU and the UCU branch with regard to the agreed arrangements for formal discussions and negotiations on matters of mutual interest
and concern

The time off document outlines the agreement between the OU and the UCU branch for staff wanting to take time out of their day job for Trade union activities.

Both of these agreement files are on the HR intranet at this address, you will need to login to the OU website first:
OU HR intranet - Union files

Hardship loan fund - September 2016
The UCU National Fighting Fund normally supports members of UCU during disputes where substantial pay is deducted for taking part in industrial action. Where funding is made available to members, this is normally only after the third full working day of industrial action and lost pay.

The Open University Branch of UCU understands that this may cause hardship to members. In 2015/16, the branch has already taken two days of industrial action in a local dispute. Because there has also been the UCU national pay dispute for which members were asked to take additional action, Open University members would only be able to access the national Fighting Fund after their 5th day of industrial action. View document and application form.