Open University Students Association

London Region

Website updated :-   17 April 2014



We apologise for the delay in updating the website, this was due to problems accessing the server.



Possible marking boycott

Possible marking boycott

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.

Keith Zimmerman
Director, Students



*** Scam Warning ***

The Open University has issued the following warning :-

A warning - especially for new students

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 phishing@slc.co.uk.


The Student Charter

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 can be viewed at: http://www.open.ac.uk/students/essential-documents/files/essential-docs-pl/file/ecms/web-content/student-charter.pdf

It is not a fixed document and is subject to regular review. Opinions from students regarding this are welcome.


Important changes to Assessment of assignments:


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


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London Regional Assembly


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.


What is the London Regional Assembly?

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.

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Social Events

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



London Fantasy Football League Challenge


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


Coffee Club

Picture of coffee, scone and O U S A sign 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:-  18 April 2014.

Map:- https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Foyles+Charing+CrossRoad&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&gws_rd=cr&ei=xx1dUomLE6330gXg_oG4Bw


Pub Social Group


Picture of pints of beer and O U S A sign

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:-  1 May 2014

Meeting at the Doggetts Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD from approx. 6.30pm http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/doggettscoatandbadgesouthbanklondon/findus/
map:- https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=51.508518,-0.106875


*** Fantastic News ***

A night at the Ballet/Opera

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

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Facebook

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?

Twitter

Follow us on Twitter @OUSALondon  to keep up to date with news and views for your studies and fun in London.

QuickNews

“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:- ousalondonnews@gmail.com

Alternatively if you are currently receiving “QuickNews“ and no longer wish to, email us and ask to be removed from the list.

Membership of O U S A

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!

A note on accessibility

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.

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