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University and College Union

The Open University branch of the University and College Union

University and College Union

OU branch of the University and College Union

Welcome to The Open University Branch of the University and College Union's website (OUBUCU).

If you are employed in an academic (including Associate Lecturer), Academic-Related, Research or Research Student role by The Open University, UCU is the Union for you.  We represent all staff in those grades. This means that we have an important role to play in protecting YOUR interests and YOUR employment – salary, conditions, professional concerns, and individual problems. 

Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary

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Nationally, the University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

Word cloud of things UCU can help you with at work.

Get help

If you have a problem at work then we have trained caseworkers who can support you.

One day without us event February 2017


UCU campaigns for improvements in the pay and conditions of further and higher education staff across the UK and for the provision of high quality education opportunities.


OU Branch of UCU Executive Committee

Branch election now open

OU Branch UCU Election of Branch President

12th October 2017
Use your vote in the USS consultative ballot

Use your vote in the USS Consultative ballot

UCU is holding a consultative ballot of its members because our USS pension trustees claim that a further 6.6% increase in contributions is required to maintain existing pension benefits at their current level.  Universities say they will not pay

4th October 2017
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Oct 26

Branch Presidential Election - Hustings 26 October at 1pm

Thursday, October 26, 2017 -

13:00 to 14:00

Nov 2

OU UCU Open meeting on USS

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -

13:00 to 14:00

CMR11, Christodoulou Meeting room 11

Contact: OU branch of UCU

Nov 14

OU UCU Executive Committee meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 09:30

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