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Microsoft Teams background images

Our UCU Regional office have produced images that you can use as your background image in Teams meetings - click to download and use the images. 

Image 1 - It's my time for a break

Image 2 - It's my time to exercise

7th December 2020
UCU - Fund the future

UCU Petition fair funding and online learning

UCU is fighting to protect staff and students in universities during the pandemic crisis and you can help by signing our petition calling for fair funding and online learning in higher education.


23rd October 2020

Branch meeting dates 2021

We have now published the dates of our Branch meetings for 2021, from the January 2021 meeting onwards we will start to use Microsoft Teams instead of Skype for business.  All OU UCU members are welcome to attend branch meetings. 

View meeting dates

14th October 2020
OU branch of UCU AL newsletter

New AL newsletter

Our AL reps committee has produced a new newsletter, you can view the newsletter here and please send any feedback to ucu@open.ac.uk

23rd September 2020
OU branch of UCU bunting

Branch Bunting

Our Branch Administrator, Deb, has made bunting ready for the day that we can work at the Open University campus again - it makes a good background image in Microsoft Teams meetings and you are welcome to use the file.

Download the full size image from Dropbox

Instructions for changing your background image in a Microsoft Teams meeting. 

8th September 2020
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Helping Hands Newsletter

Two of our reps have sent out a new newsletter called Helping Hands to all UCU members in Academic Services - you can view the second issue here. The first issue was sent out in April via email, see link below.

August 2020 - issue 2

April 2020 - first issue of our Helping Hands newsletter

14th August 2020
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AL Contract newsletter

We sent a newsletter about the new contract for Associate Lecturers to all members on the 6th August 2020 - view newsletter.

7th August 2020
UCU Four Fights dispute

UCU Consultation on the Four Fights/Pay and Equality Offer

UCU is consulting members on the ‘Four Fights’ offer made by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) on behalf of higher education employers.  The consultation, which is an electronic ballot, closes at noon on 29 July.  The union negotiators, the UCU Higher Education Committee, and a majority of branch delegates who met in June have recommended voting to REJECT. 

You can read the full offer on the UCU website.

24th July 2020

Open letter on pay deductions

Our Executive committee have created an Open letter on the pay deductions for the Feburary and March industrial action, view letter.

1st June 2020

UCU Covid-19 member survey

UCU's survey of working conditions under Covid-19 is now live, the deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 22 May. 

19th May 2020

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