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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)

Current strike action

Following the amazing 84% YES vote in the autumn ballot, the UCU announced the biggest strike action in our union’s history, which started on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Wednesday 30th November, and is ongoing with the following dates:

All the information you need about the strike, about pickets, rallies and events, and about the Action Short of Strike which started in November, is on our campaigns page. The UCU national website is the place for detailed information about why we’re taking strike action.

If you're a student, you can find more information about why we're striking, how it might affect you, and what you can do to get involved at our information for students page.

If you’re not yet a member, it’s never too late. Join us here!  Finally, if you use Twitter, be sure to follow us @oubucu and national UCU @ucu

Our current campaigns

We have campaigns on both the USS Pension scheme and the Four Fights: pay, casualisation, workload and equality - these campaigns have been merged into the WE ARE RISING strap line. 

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



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Strike programme: online events

We are running a programme of events on Zoom, one each day during the strike.

14th March 2023
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UCU announces additional university strike day

UCU has served notice on employers for a further day of strike action to hit universities on Wednesday 15th March. The action was called by the union's higher education committee which met on Friday 24th February. 

1st March 2023
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Branch meeting May 2023

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Annual General Meeting 2023

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 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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