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AL newsletter issue 4

Our AL reps commitee newsletter group have produced a new issue of our AL newsletter, read the newsletter here

We are running a short survey on 2021J AL recruitment, please complete the survey here

6th October 2021
UCU - USS Pensions dispute

UCU ballot news

UCU has confirmed that strike ballots will open at UK universities on Monday 18 October 2021 in rows over USS pensions and pay, unsafe workloads, casualisation and equality failings.

View the UCU Press release.

27th September 2021
Remembering Norman Maxfield

Norman Maxfield


Norman Maxfield (Normax) died in July 2021 aged 98. He was a very long term AL, residential school tutor, examiner, and course team participant with the Business School. His son is keen that this news is shared with any OU friends and colleagues who might wish to hear.  

Norman was interviewed by FutureLearn back in 2014​, when he was one of the early testers of their pilot courses. 

10th August 2021
UCU news - AL new contract

AL new contract news

There is a press release on the UCU website about the new Associate Lecturer contract, view press release. This is an historic moment for our branch, well done to all the negotiators involved! 


13th July 2021
USS pensions podcasts

Podcasts on Pensions

We are very pleased to report that some of our Executive Commitee members have created our first two podcasts. Kit Power, Vice President, has interviewed Sam Marsh who is one of the UCU Negotiators in the USS dispute. The podcasts are hosted on the Podbean website where you can like or share them. 

Part 1 - interview with Sam Marsh about USS pensions 

Transcript for part 1

14th June 2021

AL new contract ballot

AL UCU members will be sent a ballot email on the new contract agreement today (8 June 2021). 

If you are an AL member and have any questions or fail to receive the email ballot link, please contact ucu-alballot@open.ac.uk.

We know AL members will have many questions so we have set up Q&A meetings over the next two weeks, meeting requests have been sent to UCU members. 

For AL UCU members:

8th June 2021
Chris Bollom

Chris Bollom

We are sad to report that a former Executive commitee member, Chris Bollom, passed away on 13th May. Rob Clifton, who was one of Chris's friends, has written the following tribute to Chris.

The family has asked for donations to Willen Hospice, who looked after Chris at home.

It's with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Christopher (Chris) Bollom. He died at home on 13th May, after a short illness, and will be cremated at Crownhill Crematorium on Tuesday 1st June at 2pm.

25th May 2021
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AL Newsletter issue3

Our AL reps Committee have produced another issue of our AL newsletter, view newsletter.

23rd April 2021

Associate Lecturer survey results

We have now shared the results of our Associate Lecturers (AL) Survey with all members, view the report.

The survey was created in March to capture a snapshot of how ALs felt about working at The Open University.

20th April 2021
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Soap box - Academic-Related Newsletter - issue 4

We have produced a 4th issue of our Newsletter for Academic-related members, now called Soapbox – we have created a Return to site survey, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. We want as many responses to the survey as possible.  The survey can be completed by anyone at the OU with a Student support (Secretarial & Clerical or Technical) or an Academic-related contract, union members or not.

View newsletter

16th April 2021

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