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29 March 2017
We conducted a survey into the Group Tuition Policy and our Vice President, Caitlin Adams, has written a report on the survey results:

16 March 2017
UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt was the Speaker at an Open Meeting at the OU on Wednesday 15th March. There is now a recording of the meeting at this address:
OU staff only:

27 February 2017
Announcement on the OU intranet with the sad news about John Bennett, former branch President. You have to be able to login to the OU website so if you don't have a network account, email and we will send you the text.

31 January 2017
Exec and Branch meeting dates for 2017 have now been added to the Meetings page.

21 November 2016
There is a press release about one of the motions passed at our AGM on 16 November 2016 on the UCU website.

16 November 2016
We have sent this letter to the Chair of OU Council, Mr Richard Gillingwater, view letter.

16 November 2016 - The results of the Executive Committee election have been announced and the Exec Committee page on this website has been updated.

8 November 2016
A new issue of our branch newsletter, the Spark has been sent to all members or view it here:
view the Spark email.

19 October 2016
UCU are fighting against the HE bill - they are asking members to contact their MP via this web form:

9 September 2016 - UCU regional office new blog
The Eastern and Home Counties UCU regional office have created a blog at this address:

27 July 2016 - OU Intranet
There is a joint Open University and OU branch of UCU announcement on the intranet this morning about the negotiations towards a new AL contract: read announcement. (You have to be logged in to the OU website to view the intranet.)

13 July 2016 - Morning Star
Open University staff were on strike yesterday (12 July) as part of nationwide action over pay.

12 July 2016
UCU members at 10 UK universities will strike this week as part of a wave of nationwide action over conditions and pay. The article references that members at The Open University will be participating on Tuesday 12th July 2016.

8th July 2016 - Strike day for OU UCU members on Tuesday 12th July 2016.
Please contact to join the FAIR PAY in HE picket lines at Walton Hall on 12th July 2016 between 7am and 11am. In the meantime we ask that you continue to work to contract, UCU guidelines can be found at

19th May 2016 - new issue of our branch newsletter The Spark, sent to all members by email, you can view the web version here.

12th May 2016 - There is a new FAQ document covering the proposed Agreement between UCU and the University, and the regional offer letters - the file is on the Regional Closures page. We have also added the Agreement and branch commentary files to that page.

16 March 2016 The Guardian
In a series of letters published in The Guardian on Harold Wilson’s legacy, one reader criticises the decision to close a number of regional offices and warns that the OU risks becoming “just another MOOC.”

15 March 2016 The Telegraph
This feature article pays tribute to leading historian and Higher Education pioneer, Asa Briggs, who has died at the age of 94. A former Chancellor of the OU, he is described by Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, ‘… one of the leading lights behind the establishment of The Open University.’

23 February 2016 - Higher education (HE) pay campaign
The union is also consulting members in universities on the campaign to secure a decent pay deal and members will have received an email (subject line "UCU higher education pay campaign consultation") inviting them to take part in a very short survey.
Compare your salary to your VC's and to staff in other institutions using the new Rate for the Job webtool.
Details of latest developments including our claim and campaign materials here - go to website.

9 February 2016 #Heartunions week (8-14 Feb 2016)
The heartunions week of action celebrates the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society. We're proud of our unions and reject the government's attempts to damage them with the trade union bill.

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