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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

View the Open University's accessibility statement

UCU - we're at breaking point
UCU - a rotten retirement


Ballot results


The results of the industrial action re-ballot over changes to the USS pension scheme were announced on 12th April. This was a disaggregated ballot which mean results are counted by each employer. 

12th May 2022

Congress and HE Sector Conference motions

Our Branch meeting on 4th March passed three motions for UCU's Congress and HE Sector Conference, the motions are now on our motions page

8th April 2022
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Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

OU UCU Branch meeting July

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting September 2022

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

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Join by phone on
0333 207 0719

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

Call into Room 015, Wilson C block, Walton Hall

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