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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. We don’t elect departmental reps, but we do list them. If you think you could help but were too modest to stand, we have a small number of vacancies. Get in touch to learn more: ucu@open.ac.uk

We thanked all outgoing members of the Exec and the AL Reps committees at the AGM, but gave special thanks to: 

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, YouTube and X/Twitter.

UCU website for further information on the campaign. 

7th May 2024
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Executive and AL Reps Committees elections

Executive Committee

It will soon be time for our annual UCU branch election of officers and executive committee members for 2024-2025, and to prepare for our next Annual General Meeting which will be held on 7th June 2024 at 1pm. 

10th April 2024

Jo Grady re-elected as General Secretary

The result of the General Secretary election has been announced.

Jo Grady has been re-elected as General Secretary of UCU, for a further five-year term from 1 August 2024.

UCU press release

Scrutineer's report and count sheet

4th March 2024
TUC rally, Cheltenham

TUC rally, Cheltenham, 27 January

The government recently passed the Strike (Minimum Service Levels) Act and are currently consulting on applying these MSLs to schools, further education and universities. This of course would have a severely detrimental impact on our members’ right to strike and as such we are currently formulating a coordinated campaigning response for all levels of the union to fight back.

12th January 2024
UCU Exposed campaign

New UCU Campaign - Exposed

UCU has launched a new campaign called Exposed and there is a new website.

UCU knows that many members are raising concerns about attacks on academic freedom or freedom of speech with their branches, including some migrant members facing additional complications linked to their visa status.

13th December 2023
UCU Rising USS ballot result

Ballot results

UCU has announced the results of the ballot. UCU members have voted for strike action in their thousands. Returning a huge vote in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike. Sadly, UCU has fallen foul of the anti-union laws and the ballot has not met the required thresholds.

View UCU press release 

7th November 2023
UCU Rising ballot

UCU ballot and pension consultation

The UCU rising ballot closes on 2nd November, please return your ballot papers and tell us that you have voted using this form: 

Tell us you have voted form

The last date to post your ballot paper is Tuesday 31st October. 

UCU wants all members to have their say in the USS consultation, read the guidance about completing the USS consultation on the UCU website

19th October 2023
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. 

view UCU press release, 6 September

21st September 2023

New ballot announcement

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

15th August 2023

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