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Executive Committee vacancies

The branch has the following vacancies on our Executive Committee, we are inviting members to come forward if they are interested in filling the following positions for which we didn't receive any nominations, in our recent branch election:

  • Central Academic Staff Officer

  • Central Academic-Related Staff Officer

  • Regional/National Academic Staff Officer

  • Regional/National Academic-Related Staff Officer

  • Ordinary members x three places

14th June 2022

Ballot results


The results of the industrial action re-ballot over changes to the USS pension scheme were announced on 12th April. This was a disaggregated ballot which mean results are counted by each employer. 

OU branch of UCU's USS ballot results

All branches USS ballot results page

12th May 2022

Congress and HE Sector Conference motions

Our Branch meeting on 4th March passed three motions for UCU's Congress and HE Sector Conference, the motions are now on our motions page

8th April 2022

An issue with payroll

There has been some confusion in the university over the weekend strike dates. These dates were included for ALs who had scheduled tutorials or other weekend duties so they could participate fully in the action.

31st March 2022

Update on lobbying Senedd

In Wales, the Open University branch of UCU has led representations to Senedd (Welsh Parliament) and found cross-party support on pensions and working conditions.

Two Members of Senedd, Mike Hedges (Labour) and Sioned Williams (Plaid Cymru) co-sponsored the event, having previously attended our lobby on the steps of Senedd two weeks earlier. Also giving strong support were Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds MS and several other Labour and Plaid Cymru Members. The Conservative Shadow Education Minister in Wales, Laura Anne Jones, attended and other ministers registered support.

31st March 2022

Lobbying the Welsh Senedd

We’ve been successfully lobbying the Welsh Senedd. Now we have been invited to present at an indoor event on the 23rd March, to explain our disputes on pensions, pay and conditions and the impact that poor working conditions for university staff will have on students.

21st March 2022

External examiners - resigning in protest

Members of the UCU branch at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUCU) are currently without any pay because their employer is docking 100% of salary for 'partial performance' for Action Short of a Strike - for those lecturers who refuse to reschedule classes that were cancelled during strike action.

18th March 2022

UCU meeting on Pensions with Sam Marsh

UCU's Pension Negotiator Sam Marsh will give a presentation on the current USS situation on Thursday 17 March at 1pm via Teams. This is an open meeting and all university colleagues are welcome, you will need to be logged into the OU website. 

16th March 2022
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Strike! Strike! Strike! New wave of strike action 21st-27th March

OU UCU members are taking part in national UCU action in two separate disputes:

  • over devastating cuts to USS pensions
  • and over falling pay and the employers' refusal to address pay gap, precarious employment and unsafe workloads.

UCU's higher education committee has called further waves of strike action in both the USS and Four Fights disputes which will ensure that the disruption continues across the sector until the end of term.

16th March 2022
bell hooks

International Women's Day seminar: bell hooks

UCU, the OU's BME staff network and Women@OU are jointly presenting a 60-minute lunchtime seminar to celebrate the life and work of Gloria Jean Watkins (aka bell hooks). 

The seminar will be on International Women's Day, 8th March at 1pm in our Adobe connect room, please email ucu@open.ac.uk if you would like to attend. 

bell hooks passed away 15th December 2021 from kidney failure and her death leaves a huge hole in our society. Her body of work includes academic books, children's books and documentaries to name a few:

24th February 2022

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