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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.

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

Associate Lecturer survey

We would like to invite you to take part in this short survey of Associate Lecturers, carried out by the OU branch of UCU. The survey is open to all Associate Lecturers (whether or not they are UCU members), and we would encourage you to share the link with AL colleagues by email. A link to the survey will also be posted in the AL Common Room. 

30th March 2021
Roger Walters

Roger Walters

We received sad news about Roger Walters, our former Branch President, on Friday 25 February. 

Message from the Executors: Roger passed away on Friday morning in the nursing home at Market Harborough. We had been warned by the staff and his GP that his death was imminent following him contracting a number of infections. He had been deeply asleep for the last couple of days and was comfortable and not distressed.

3rd March 2021

UCU National Executive Committee Elections

Ballots have been posted in hard copy for the National Executive Committee election which closes on 2 March. The NEC comprises the Higher Education Committee and Further Education Committee. Our branch is considered to be in the South England region for voting and the deadline for voting is 2nd March, please return your ballot paper several days before. If you haven't received a ballot paper by now, please contact UCU for a replacement using the online form.

11th February 2021

AL newsletter issue 2

A group of ALs from our AL reps committee have produced a second issue of our AL newsletter, view the newsletter here.

Please send comments or feedack to ucu@open.ac.uk

The first issue of the newsletter is on the AL newsletters page.

1st February 2021
Season's Greetings 2020

Seasons Greetings 2020

Sending very best wishes of the season to all our members! 
We have sent a Christmas card that our Branch Administrator made to mark some of the (pre-pandemic) events of the year: the national fights for equality, pay and pension justice.

The UCU office will be closed from 24 December to 4 January 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

23rd December 2020
David Conway, UCU rep for Academic Services

Helping Hands newsletter - issue 3

Our UCU rep for Acadenmic Services (David Conway) has sent another issue of the Helping Hands newsletter.

As we are now well into the festive season, I hope you all are looking forward to some rest.  I think we all need it after a testing year, to say the least!

The holiday season, aside from how much you decide to celebrate it, gives us each a time to reflect. I wanted us to think about how the pandemic has affected everyone in the HE sector and consider ways we can support them.

14th December 2020

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