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The Spark - our branch newsletter
The Spark is published regularly and amongst its aims are to promote discussion of issues relating to our employment with the Open University and in Higher Education in general, and to keep the various categories of OU staff that we represent, in touch with each other. Use the links over on the right for past issues.

If you would like to submit an article or send a letter for The Spark then please email ucu@open.ac.uk

The OU branch of UCU called its newsletter "the Spark" after the London-based newspaper "Iskra", or in English, The Spark, which was founded in 1900 and Leon Trotsky was one of its writers.

November 2016 issue of the Spark - sent to all members on 8 November 2016

May 2016 issue of the Spark - circulated to all members on 19 May 2016 (web version)
There are two documents related to the May 2016 issue on the Associate Lecturers page.

November 2015 issue of the Spark - circulated 24 November 2015 (web version)

June 2015 issue of the Spark - circulated 19 June 2015
This is a new format for the Spark and we would be interested to hear what members think, please let us have your comments, good or bad, email the branch office at: ucu@open.ac.uk. The links are not working in the PDF but all members should have received a copy by email where the links do work, or click this link to view the web version.

OU branch of UCU blog address: https://oubucu.wordpress.com/

The Spark protocol/editorial policy - added 2 June 2015

February 2015 issue of the Spark - circulated 20 February 2015

November 2014 issue of the Spark - circulated 3 November 2014

July 2014 issue of the Spark - circulated 3 July 2014 - this version has the correct link for our Academic-Related survey.

March 2014 special issue of the Spark - circulated 31 March 2014

February 2014 issue of the Spark - circulated on 27 February 2014

November 2013 issue of the Spark - circulated on 29 November 2013

September 2013 issue of the Spark - circulated on 10 Sept 2013

May 2013 issue of the Spark - circulated on 3 May 2013

February 2013 issue of the Spark - circulated on 19 Feb 2013