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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

UCU has a campaign called Reclaim HE, it's time to reclaim higher education for the interests of staff and students.

The branch is currently working on the OU's 1.3 FTE proposals, compliance training for ALs and the proposed redundancies in LDS. 

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



Judy Ekins, former OU UCU Exec member

Branch Election Results

The results of our Executve Committee and AL reps Committee elections were annouced at our AGM on 7th June. For the newly elected Executive Committee and AL Reps Committee, please see the reports below.

11th June 2024
UCU Reclaim HE event, May 2024

Reclaim Higher Education campaign launch

UCU is holding a Reclaim Higher Education campaign launch event on Thursday 9 May 2024 at 6pm to 7.30pm via Facebook,

7th May 2024
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Branch meeting July 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting - September 2024

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting October 2024

Tuesday, October 22, 2024 - 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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