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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 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.

15th December 2017
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Jan 16

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -

11:00 to 13:00

Mar 6

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 -

10:30 to 12:30

OU UCU Branch meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 -

12:30 to 13:30

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