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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

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

Image 3 - It's my time to exercise 2

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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