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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. 

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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.

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

USS Pension justice

USS, Pay and Equality

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. Currently involved in the national UCU Higher Education USS Pensions plus the pay and equality dispute.


Branch meeting dates for 2020

We have now set dates for Branch meetings for 2020, all OU UCU members are welcome to attend our Branch meetings and they all take place at 12.30pm.

9th January 2020

Open letter to students - Strike action

The branch has published an open letter to our students, explaining our reasons for the strike action.

24th November 2019
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Jan 21

Branch meeting for all members 2

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

Feb 4

Branch meeting for all members 3

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

Feb 17

Branch meeting for all members 4

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

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