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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 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. 

From 20th April 2023, action short of a strike (ASOS) in the form of a marking and assessment boycott has commenced. This means you should refuse to carry out any duties relating to marking and assessment. 

Guidance on the marking and assessment boycott, including branch marking and assessment boycott FAQs, can be found on the Marking and assessment boycott page

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



OUBUCU Statement: The OU Students Association Poll

The OU Students Association (OUSA) recently conducted an informal poll of on UCU’s Marking and Assessment Boycott (MAB).

23rd May 2023

UCU Statement on AL Assembly and AL Executive

It has come to our attention that the University Secretary's Office claim that UCU was consulted on the decision to dissolve the AL Assembly and AL Executive.

5th April 2023
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Annual General Meeting 2023

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 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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