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University and College Union

The Open University branch of the University and College Union

University and College Union - UCU

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

Our current campaigns

We have a campaign on the Four Fights dispute: pay, casualisation, workload and equality, with the UCU rising strapline. 

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



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Executive and AL Reps Committees elections

Executive Committee

10th April 2024

Jo Grady re-elected as General Secretary

The result of the General Secretary election has been announced.

Jo Grady has been re-elected as General Secretary of UCU, for a further five-year term from 1 August 2024.

4th March 2024
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Branch meeting April 2024

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

AGM 2024

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

Branch meeting July 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Join UCU today

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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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