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USS Consultation response from the VC

We've had a reply to the joint letter we sent to the Open University's Vice Chancellor: view letter.

25th March 2019

Executive Committee statement on the attacks in New Zealand

The OU UCU Executive Committee would like to express its sorrow and outrage at the recent terror attack in New Zealand. We stand in shock and solidarity with the victims and their families, Muslims in New Zealand, and the global Muslim community, who will be mourning this attack and understandably fearing for their own safety. Such acts of terror follow a pattern including the massacres of Jews in Pittsburgh in 2018 and African Americans in Charleston in 2015. They are designed to sow fear and division and create a climate in which white supremacist ideas can take hold.

18th March 2019

UCU and UNISON letter to the OU Vice Chancellor about USS

UCU and UNISON have submitted a joint letter to the university today about how employers can help to resolve the USS pensions dispute. If employers apply more pressure on the USS management, they can improve the likelihood of a good and fair settlement and avoid the risk of further strike action.

At the Open University all employees are eligible for USS; therefore as a community, we all have a shared interest in the continuing strength and affordability of this pension scheme.

21st February 2019

Calling notice for Executive Committee vacancies

Recently Caroline Holland stepped down as Hon Secretary of the Executive Committee. We are very grateful for her work and commitment to the branch, and she has been co-opted to sit as an Ordinary Member of the Executive Committee.

Following this the branch has a vacancy for a Hon Secretary and for two other roles: Central Academic-Related Officer and Regional/National Academic-Related Officer.

21st February 2019

Video message from Nita Sanghera

UCU's Vice President, Nita Sanghera, has sent us a video message: https://youtu.be/gZveG7NmtOg

Please post your ballot paper back by Wednesday 20th February 2019.


Thank you to Nita from the OU Branch of UCU!

14th February 2019

Disability Law talk by Kevin McNerney

Kevin McNerney recently ran a session in our Adobe Connect room and he wanted us to share the recording. You can listen to the recording of Kevin's talk at this address: https://ou.adobeconnect.com/pzsr2bmsaulx?session=em2breezofqs5rsvcnp6herk

5th February 2019

AL new contract, ballot result

We are very pleased to report that members voted overwhelmingly to accept the new Associate Lecturer contract. Thank you to all our members who voted in the ballot.

UCU press release: ucu.org.uk/article/9855/UCU-secures-better-deal-for-over-4000-Open-University-staff

28th January 2019

Open University new Vice Chancellor

The Open University is now looking for a new Vice Chancellor.  The OU branch of UCU believes that the OU Council and Senate should remember its past difficulties at the same time as it builds a bright and confident future.   

We want the Open University person specification to include the following statement.

Our new Vice Chancellor is someone who will:

3rd January 2019

Branch Casework training dates

We are planning to hold 4 casework training courses in 2019 - our casework has increased massively in the last few years and we need to train more members to be caseworkers. If you think you could help other UCU members with their work-related issues then please email ucu@open.ac.uk to book on to one of these dates.

Casework Day 1 training
Intended for new caseworkers and existing caseworkers wishing to refresh their training.

21st December 2018
UCU Christmas Party

Branch Christmas Party - 13th December

For the first time in several years, we are holding a Christmas Party on Thursday 13th December from 3.30pm to 6pm in the Activity Room, OU Pavilion, Walton Hall.

All branch members have been invited to join us and one of our members is working on some "union themed" party games!

The party will feature:

7th December 2018

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