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BBC Today Programme transcript from 23 March 2018

Our UCU Regional Official, Lydia Richards, was interviewed on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 on 23rd March 2018.

The audio is on https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vyw3z

Today Programme 23/03/2018 8.46am

4th April 2018

USS dispute - Notes of national UCU meetings on Tuesday 13th March

We promised summary notes from our national UCU meetings on 14 March. This was meant as a report on  the major events of the early week around USS so that we could answer questions. But we know many people are not using OU email during the strike, so this is not the end of the conversation! Here's an update and we intend to have our next all members' meeting on 26th March.

22nd March 2018

USS Pensions Dispute - Members' Views On 'Agreement' Needed Urgently

UCU members will have have received an email tonight (12th March) from Sally Hunt regarding the ACAS talks. The negotiators have come back with a proposal that we assume they wish to put to members.

13th March 2018

USS Meeting to be held with the VC and a letter in response to his communications

Thanks to concerted pressure from both the UCU branch executive and individual members the VC has agreed to a meeting with the Branch president Lesley Kane and Vice President Caitlin Adams on Monday (12th) next week. This is a step forward and provides an opportunity for the VC to listen and reconsider the approach taken by the University over the dispute.

8th March 2018

UCU Congress and HE Sector Conference 2018 take place in Manchester from 30th May to 1st June 2018

Congress is the supreme policy making body of the union.

If any branch member wants to suggest a motion for the OU UCU branch to put forward to Congress or to HE Conference, please send it to ucu@open.ac.uk by close of business on Friday 9th March, or email ucu@open.ac.uk if you have an idea for a motion and want help in drafting it. 

Motions that are specific to Higher Education are usually considered appropriate for HE Conference.

5th March 2018

OU branch of UCU's reply to the Vice Chancellor

Dear Mr Horrocks,
Thank you for your recent comments on OU news regarding the ongoing USS pensions dispute, and the industrial action that UCU are taking in response to the proposed changes.
However, we are profoundly concerned and disappointed with some quite serious inaccuracies in your public position, which puts you at odds with both UCU’s financial assessments of USS, and increasing numbers of sector VC’s who have accepted the current USS valuation is, at best, deeply flawed.

27th February 2018

Open letter to the Vice Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) of The Open University

21st February 2018
As we sit on the brink of an industrial action that nobody wants, it is not too late for the Open University to take a leadership position in averting these strikes. We urge you to consider the recent comments of Anthony Forster, the Vice Chancellor of Essex University (see http://blogs.essex.ac.uk/vc/)

21st February 2018
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OU Senate workshop on a UCU strike day

We are asking members to email the VC to protest about the refusal to re-schedule the Senate workshop on 22nd February for a non-strike day. Please feel free to copy in the university secretary Keith Zimmerman. 

There is suggested text below explaining the reasons for this, and please feel free to add to it or modify it.

16th February 2018

Please write to your MP about the crisis facing the Open University and part-time adult education

Below is some suggested text for a letter/email to your MP and a link to resources for finding out about your MP and writing to him/her.

You may want to modify the suggested text below with your own experiences and local knowledge. If you are writing to a Labour MP you might mention that the Open University is one of Labour’s enduring achievements, now under threat from marketisation of Higher Education.

9th February 2018

Learning and Teaching Principles in the OU: The Need for Safeguards!

Copy of an email to all OU UCU members, 22 January 2018

This email is to ensure that all OU UCU members are fully aware of proposed changes to learning and teaching being discussed at Senate on 24th January 2018.

Senate will be discussing a set of Learning and Teaching Principles that will drive an implementation plan.

22nd January 2018

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