The Open University branch of the University and College Union
Our strength is in our numbers, join us and together we are stronger.
All Open University academic and academic-related staff (grade 7 and above) can join, including:
Eligibility is not dependent on type of contract; we represent permanent, full-time, fixed-term, part-time, and hourly-paid staff. UCU have joint membership arrangements with some of the other Trade Unions and there is information about this on the UCU national website.
Please note if you are on a Secretarial & Clerical contract (grade 6 or below) then you should join UNISON.
If you are new to UCU you can join online at www.ucu.org.uk/join.
If you are already a member of a different branch of UCU before moving your employment to the OU, you can change to the OU branch of UCU on the UCU membership database (My UCU).
If you are already a member of UCU at another university or college and are continuing to work there, you can join the OU branch as your secondary branch for no extra cost by contacting our Branch Administrator on 01908 6(53069) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monthly subscription rates based on your annual salary are as follows and are valid from 1st September 2023 to 31st August 2024. (updated 1 September 2023)
|Annual Salary||Monthly subs - Great Britain||Monthly subs - Northern Ireland|
|£60,000 and above||
|£40,000 - £59,999||£29.56||£29.30|
|£30,000 - £39,999||£25.16||£24.93|
|£22,000 - £29,999||£19.59||£19.41|
|£15,000 - £21,999||£12.09||£11.99|
|£5,000 - £14,999||£4.61||£4.57|
For members in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), national subscription rates include a contribution, equivalent to 1% of the relevant subscription, to UCU's Political Fund. This is used to finance a variety of campaigning activities including parliamentary and similar lobbying. The Political Fund is used for "non-party political" activities. If you work in Northern Ireland the law requires that no political fund contribution is included unless you complete a contracting-in notice. If you decide not to contract-in your monthly subscription rate will be as shown in the table above.
You can change your membership type to be "retired" on the UCU eServices website or you can complete the form below. We prefer members to tick the option to remain part of the OU branch of UCU, rather than to be part of the regional (Eastern and Home Counties) retired members branch.