Joint statement from Open University Students Association and Open University UCU Branch


We are united in our disappointment at the lack of resolution to the national pay and conditions dispute which has resulted in a marking and assessment boycott. The impact this is having on students and staff in the higher education sector needs to end and we are jointly calling for all parties to resume negotiations to resolve the ongoing issues.  

Both students and staff have experienced disruption for a variety of reasons over recent years.  Students are very frustrated at the lack of resolution as some will be delayed in graduating this year, impacting future study and employment plans. This is in addition to the stress and anxiety on both students and staff owing to strike action over pay and pensions.  

Despite the Association and UCU having differing views on current tactics, it is clear that the resolution to these issues will require further negotiations. Delaying will just prolong the disruption to those affected. Therefore, we are calling on all parties to return to negotiations in a positive and constructive manner and to reach an agreement for the benefit of all within the higher education sector. 


Caitlin Adams (OU UCU branch President)   

Margaret Greenaway (Association President)