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University and College Union

The Open University branch of the University and College Union

University and College Union - UCU

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

Our current campaigns

We have a campaign on the Four Fights dispute: pay, casualisation, workload and equality, with the UCU rising strapline. 

You may find the following pages helpful:

About the branch

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.

If you have a problem at work then we have trained caseworkers who can support you - view our "get help" page

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.

If you want to join UCU, there's information on our Membership page or go to the UCU website

View the Open University's accessibility statement



UCU Rising USS ballot result

Ballot results

UCU has announced the results of the ballot. UCU members have voted for strike action in their thousands. Returning a huge vote in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike.

7th November 2023
UCU Rising ballot

UCU ballot and pension consultation

The UCU rising ballot closes on 2nd November, please return your ballot papers and tell us that you have voted using this form: 

19th October 2023
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Branch meeting January 2024

Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting February 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting March 2024

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Contact information:

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Phone us on 01908 6(53069) or Deb Shann on Skype for Business or Teams

Call into Room 015, Wilson C block, Walton Hall

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