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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.

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USS dispute - March 2018


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 USS dispute: www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss. The branch page on the USS dispute is here: ucu.open.ac.uk/campaigns/uss.


Branch news update 29 June 2018

Pay deductions, OU UCU's hardship fund, and local subscriptions

2nd July 2018

Statement from the OUBUCU Delegates to UCU Congress 2018: Sue Cowgill, Bruce Heil, Caroline Holland, Friday Jones and Kit Power

Members will have received an email recently from Sally Hunt, the UCU General Secretary, indicating that at the recent Congress there were walk-outs by staff of the union. The staff objected to two motions that were to be debated.

8th June 2018
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Jul 19

UCU and UNISON drop in event on East Campus

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:00 to 14:00

Sep 18

OU UCU Exec Committee meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30 to 12:30

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