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The Open University branch of the University and College Union

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Welcome to The Open University Branch of the University and College Union's website (OUBUCU)

November 2022 and Spring 2023 strike action

Following the amazing 84% YES vote in the recent ballot, the UCU has announced the biggest strike action in our union’s history, which started on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Wednesday 30th November, and continues on the following dates:

  • Week 1 - Wednesday 1 February
  • Week 2 - Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February
  • Week 3 - Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February
  • Week 4 - Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February
  • Week 5 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March
  • [No action week commencing Monday 6 March]
  • Week 6 - Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March
  • Week 7 - Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March

All the information you need about the strike, about pickets, rallies and events, and about the Action Short of Strike which started in November, is on our campaigns page. The UCU national website is the place for detailed information about why we’re taking strike action.

If you're a student, you can find more information about why we're striking, how it might affect you, and what you can do to get involved at our information for students page.

If you’re not yet a member, it’s never too late. Join us here!  Finally, if you use Twitter, be sure to follow us @oubucu and national UCU @ucu

Our current campaigns

We have campaigns on both the USS Pension scheme and the Four Fights: pay, casualisation, workload and equality - these campaigns have been merged into the WE ARE RISING strap line. 

You may find the following pages helpful:

About the branch

If you are employed in an academic (including Associate Lecturer), Academic-Related, Research or Research Student role by The Open University, UCU is the Union for YOU.

If you have a problem at work then we have trained caseworkers who can support you - view our "get help" page

Nationally, the University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.

If you want to join UCU, there's information on our Membership page or go to the UCU website

View the Open University's accessibility statement

UCU Rising Pensions ballot result


Fiver before the fifth - donate a fiver to UCU fighting fund

Fiver Before the Fifth campaign

There is a campaign to raise money for UCU's fighting fund ahead of the industrial action in the face of employer intransigence on JNCHES (pay, equalities, workload a

20th January 2023
UCU rising - first strike date is 1 February

Strike days announced by UCU

UCU have announced that 18 days of industrial action will take place in February and March 2023 in the pay and pensions disputes,

13th January 2023
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Branch meeting February 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting March 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 13:00 to Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:00

Branch meeting May 2023

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Contact information:

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Phone us on 01908 6(53069) or Deb Shann on Skype for Business or Teams

Call into Room 015, Wilson C block, Walton Hall

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