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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 a campaign on the Four Fights dispute: pay, casualisation, workload and equality, with the UCU rising strapline. 

STOP PRESS - the 5 days of industrial action are going ahead in our branch, Monday 25th to Friday 29th September 2023, see news item. 

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



OU branch of UCU

Industrial action 25-29 September

Following a vigorous debate at a full branch meeting on 20 September, the branch voted not to stand down strike action next week. We are asking all members to observe the strike action from Monday 25th to Friday 29th September. 

21st September 2023

New ballot announcement

UCU have announced that there will be a new industrial action ballot before the end of September,

15th August 2023
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Branch meeting October

Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting November 2023

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting January 2024

Wednesday, January 10, 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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