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University and College Union

The Open University branch of the University and College Union

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

Our current campaigns

We have campaigns on both the USS Pension scheme and the Four Fights: pay, casualisation, workload and equality. 

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

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News

Associate Lecturer new contract

The AL Contract Negotiations, a personal recollection

It seems slightly unreal that the new AL contract has come into force now because there were a lot of moments when I didn’t think it would ever happen. UCU first started negotiations on a new contract back in 2008.

9th August 2022
New AL contract goes live

New Associate Lecturer contract

The Branch is extremely pleased to report that the new Associate Lecturer contract went live on 1st August 2022, after many years of negotiations.

2nd August 2022
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Events

Branch meeting September 2022

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting October 2022

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting November 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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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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