The Open University (OU) has implemented new permanent contracts for over 4,800 Associate Lecturers, in the biggest decasualisation programme to take place in the higher education sector.
As a result of the new contracts which were introduced on 1 August 2022, staff are now benefitting from enhanced job security and a pay uplift of between 10-15% which includes additional annual leave and staff development allowances.
The new contract for the OU’s tutors followed extensive negotiations between the University and the University and College Union (UCU).
Professor Josie Fraser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The Open University, said:
“I began my career as an Associate Lecturer, so I know how hard our tutors work to provide an outstanding education for our students. We deeply value their contribution and the difference they make to people’s lives. Their new contracts demonstrate our commitment to providing them with the professional terms, conditions and working arrangements they deserve.
“It’s been an incredibly complex and challenging process and I would…