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The Open University branch of the University and College Union

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OU branch of UCU - USS and Four Fights dispute

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

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.

UCU INDUSTRIAL ACTION STARTS 1st DECEMBER. To learn more about the current USS pensions and the Four Fights dispute (pay, workload, casualisation and equality) watch this short video and visit our campaigns page.

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

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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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.

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Want to learn more about our current disputes?

UCU campaigns for improvements in the pay and conditions of further and higher education staff across the UK and for the provision of high quality education opportunities. We are currently involved in the national UCU Higher Education USS Pensions plus the Four Fights disputes about pay, casualisation, workload and equality. 


USS pensions dispute

Online rally strike day 1 video

We have published a video of our first strike day online rally, Wednesday 1st December 2021. We will be adding videos of the other 2 online rallies shortly. . 

3rd December 2021

Branch Committee Response to Blog

We agree with the author about the excellence of UCU's national policy statement of principles on academic freedom, a position that the branch formally re-affirmed in 2019.

19th November 2021
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Jan 20

Branch meeting January 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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