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The Open University
The Open University transforms lives through education. It has become by far the largest university in the UK, now teaching well over 200,000 people every year. We have expanded our activities throughout Europe and our highly rated teaching materials are used by other institutions in many parts of the world. We are consistently achieving high rankings both in research and teaching quality assessments.
Teaching is through the provision of specially designed, high quality, materials encompassing traditional print texts, television, video, CD-ROM, internet and electronic conferencing together with first class personalised tuition, learning feedback and support.
The success of the Open University is due to our outstanding staff. There are around 4,500 staff plus over 7,000 Associate Lecturers. Staff and potential staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.
We are also committed to the development of our staff to their full potential through lifelong learning, offering a range of formal and informal training and development activities to ensure that staff are able to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities and to help meet individual and University objectives. Our objective is that all staff undertake a minimum of 5 days' development activity in each year.
We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs. The objective is that all staff should undertake at least five days' development activity in each year - this may include attendance at formal courses or other learning e.g. use of self-study material. We invest substantial time and money in our staff development provisions and we waive fees for staff wishing to study our own courses.
The annual leave entitlement is 30 days (33 days for academic, academic related or research staff) in addition to all bank and other public holidays and an additional 3 days at Christmas when the University is closed.
Permanent Central Academic staff (and those on contracts of 2 years or more) are entitled to study leave on full salary for research or other approved academic purposes for two months in each leave year. For Regional Academic staff the entitlement is to study leave on full salary for two months within each period of two years completed service.
Staff have the option of contributing to a Final Salary pension scheme and the University contributes around 14% of salary. Full details will be sent with any offer of employment but any preliminary enquiries should be addressed to the Pensions Section, Human Resources (01908) 652431 or 652957.
Staff are normally expected to live within a reasonable travelling distance of their place of work. The University will make a grant for expenses necessarily incurred for removals and disturbance, within certain rules and subject to a maximum payment. Full details will be sent with any offer of employment. The removal grant does not apply on appointments of less than two years duration.
Family Friendly Policies
- Staff are entitled to 52 weeks maternity/adoption leave. Statutory maternity/adoption pay will be paid for a maximum period of the first 39 weeks, made up to full pay for the first 18 weeks, subject to minimum service conditions. Staff have the right to return to work at any time within 52 weeks of the maternity leave start date, again subject to certain conditions.
- Male staff are entitled to a maximum of 10 days paid paternity leave in connection with their wifeís/partnerís confinement in any one leave year in addition to normal leave entitlement, again subject to certain conditions.
- Childcare Vouchers; we have introduced a salary sacrifice scheme to enable staff to take advantage of tax and NI exemption on up to £217 of childcare vouchers per month. The scheme is managed by Busy Bees. Further information will be provided on appointment.
Milton Keynes based staff
Nurseries: The Mulberry Bear Day Nursery & Pre-School is a purpose-built nursery on the Walton Hall campus. It is an independent charity supported by The Open University and managed by parents. OU staff applications are given priority and whilst there are full and part-time places are available now, there may be a waiting list in some age groups. For further information, please telephone Milton Keynes (01908) 653867, email Mulberrybear-Enquiries@open.ac.uk.
There is also a Borough of Milton Keynes nursery at nearby Kingston where the OU has reserved places. There are a number of other nurseries in the Milton Keynes area.
- Catering facilities providing meals, snacks and drinks
- Open University Club (offering a number of club and society events, sports and social outlets).
- Occupational Health Department (located on site at Walton Hall) provides professional advice to individuals and managers on all work related health issues.
- Natwest; Bank sub branch on site at Walton Hall
- Shop selling general provision on site at Walton Hall
Local Education: Information on local schools can be obtained from the Learning and Development Directorate, Milton Keynes Borough Council on (01908) 253489.
Please note that smoking is not permitted in University buildings, bars and catering areas. Smoking is only permitted in designated outdoor areas.