Website updated :- 24 February 2014
This was posted by the OU on Friday afternoon. Further information will be posted as and when available.
The University and College Union (UCU) - the union for many members of University staff in academic
and academic related roles - has announced its intention to call on its members to boycott assessment
marking with effect from 28 April 2014 as part of its dispute over the 2013/14 pay award. As yet specific
guidance on the nature of the boycott has not been issued by UCU, nor do we have any indication of how
many members of the University’s UCU staff are likely to follow the boycott, so the University is unable
to provide details of how this boycott may affect you. We would like to assure you, however, that the
University is committed to doing whatever it can to minimise the effect of the boycott on your studies
and progression, and that we will give you more information as soon as we are in a position to do so.
The Open University has issued the following warning :-
Email 'phishing' scams: a warning for students
We have been advised that some OU students have received hoax or 'phishing' emails supposedly from Student Finance England (SFE). Please note that Student Finance England will never email students to ask that they verify bank details or login information online. Students are advised to disregard any emails they receive that appear to be from Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company that ask them to confirm any personal details on-line. All such emails should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Charter has now been officially launched and will come into effect from August 2013. This is an important document as it reflects the rights and obligations of both students and the university.
It is not a fixed document and is subject to regular review. Opinions from students regarding this are welcome.
Please note a new assessment policy booklet takes effect for all modules starting on or after September 29th 2012.
Full details are here: http://www8.open.ac.uk/students/essential-documents/files/essential-docs-pl/file/ecms/web-content/assessment-hand,book-after290912.pdf
The main feature relates to allowing late submission of EMAs - they may be submitted up to 24 hours
after the cut off but there will be a 10% penalty on the mark.
Also resits will be 'capped' to a pass or fail mark
The CEC agreed to support a petition put together by the Open University Branch of University and Colleges Union which is intended to force a debate in the House of Commons. The debate would be focussed on the threat to the Open University's hugely respected mission of widening participation in higher education and being open to all those willing to commit themselves to study regardless of educational qualifications or ability to pay.
The petition closed on 11 November 2012 but unfortunately only 59,165 of the required 100,000 signatures requred to force the debate were obtained, so the petition failed.
The London Assembly are looking for students to volunteer selling OU branded memorabilia to graduates and there family at the London Degree ceremony at the Barbacan Centre on either Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March 2014. If you are interested in helping let us know at http://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=7939.
The London Regional Assembly [R A] is just one of the 16 that make up the Students' Association. It comprises student volunteers who are elected from the membership, and other members such as the Executive committee Member (E C M) representing us on the O U S A Central Executive Committee (CEC).
The Assembly meets three or four times a year and organises, for example, Open day events at the London Regional Centre, events at OU Residential Schools held in the summer at Queen Mary's University in Mile End and O U S A's Gift Shop at Degree Ceremonies as well as electing representatives to other O U and O U S A bodies.
Join us in to the london Regional forum and say hello. http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/resourcepage/view.php?id=566340
London has around 26,000 of the O U's current 250,000 students.
The results of the OUSA London Assembly elections are available at :- http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/assembly-london.php
The on-line element of the January 2014 meeting closes on the 4 February. Reports and minutes will be available at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discus.php?id=43659
If you would like to start a group or organise a social event contact the London Regional Assembly http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=658835
Maz has laid down a challenge to VP admin David Humble. If you fancy your chances why not join them in the Fantasey Football League forum. http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=658836
The Coffee Club, meet every third Friday in the month at Foyles cafe, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EB from 10.30am to lunchtime.
All welcome including family, look out for the O U S A sign on the table. If you can make it post at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=658794 and we will look out for you.
Next meeting:- 21 March 2014.
Regular pub meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Friends and family are welcome, look out for the O U S A sign.
If you have any ideas where meetings might be held, preferably with disabled access, or if you would like to start a regular pub meet in your area, post in the forum. http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=658835
Next meeting:- 6 March 2014
Meeting at the Doggetts Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD from approx. 6.30pm
Have you ever fancied a night at the Ballet/Opera but thought it too expensive.
The Open University now has a student ambassador with the Royal Opera House. Julie Ackoryd a S187 student and Associate Lecturer has arranged for O U students to receive the same discounts as other university students.
Further details at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discuss.php?d=1111672
Our events now also appear in the diary section of the Open University Network of Facebook. You can also say there whether you will be coming to events and leave comments both before and after the event. Our own group has also just been opened on Facebook for O U S A London Region. Why not join in the fun and see us there?
Follow us on Twitter @OUSALondon to keep up to date with news and views for your studies and fun in London.
“Quicknews” is an external newsletter, sent out to subscriber's email, by the London Regional Assembly to keep students up to date about events that are being organised, and/or important information from the O U or O U S A that we think that students should be made aware of as soon as possible rather that waiting for the next issue of the official O U S A Regional newsletter sent from head office four times a year.
If you would like to be included in this external email service that will keep you posted on up to date information about events, between newsletters send an email to our new dedicated “QuickNews“ email address:- email@example.com
Alternatively if you are currently receiving “QuickNews“ and no longer wish to, email us and ask to be removed from the list.
Every Open University student automatically becomes a member of O U S A (pronounced Ooo-sah). Membership is free and by becoming involved in your student association you will develop personal skills that perhaps you didn’t even know you had! We can help you, train you, and together we can help our fellow students.
The main objectives of O U S A are to represent, to support, and to socialise!
We have tried to make this site as accessible as possible, especially for those using electronic readers which is why acronyms (such as that for Open University Students' Association) has spaces in between the letters. The downside of this is that sometimes they can run over two lines! We have also kept the site deliberately simple, without bells and whistles, so that as each web-master moves on to pastures new, their successor need not be a skilled web designer.