The Open University Manchester
The Open University in the North West
The Open University
351 Altrincham Road
The Manchester Centre is located immediately off J3a of M56. Construction of the office was completed in June 2001. The University moved to “The Approach” on Monday 20 August 2001.
It is currently occupied by the Student Recruitment and Support Centre (SRSC).
There are 118 on-site car parking spaces.
Here, 82 members of staff enjoy cultural trips including Theatre, English Heritage and Opera, numerous cinema trips but also like to relax with activities such as massage, yoga and reflexology. The more strenuous enjoy horse riding in the local park.
There are on-site car parking spaces available.
Unisex toilets with wheelchair access are on levels Ground & 1.
An assistive listening system is permanently installed in the Meeting Rooms and Reception.
Braille signage is available.
Seating is available for rest purposes.
There is level access from the car park.
Manchester Open University staff to strike over closure of regional offices
Staff at the Open University in Manchester will walk out on strike later this month in a row over job losses and the closure of regional offices.
Union chiefs say workers will take part in industrial action unless university chiefs scrap controversial plans to axe seven centres and 500 jobs.
The Open University’s Manchester centre is not one of the offices earmarked for closure – but staff will walk out on November 25 along with thousands of colleagues across the country.
Staff at every site across the country will take to the picket lines.
The strikes will be the first time staff have taken action over a local dispute in the university’s history.
It comes after 72pc of members of the union who voted in its recent ballot backed strike action. And 83pc supported action short of a strike, which could include steps like working to rule.
Seven centres are earmarked for closure – Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London, and Oxford.
The Open University’s council is due to meet on November 24, when members will vote on the controversial plans.
The union said if the vote is to go ahead with the cuts, it has no choice but to take strike action ‘as an absolute last resort’.
The closure plans have been widely criticised by staff, students and MPs. Last month, members of the university’s senate rejected the plans describing them as ‘very high risk’ and saying that they ‘failed to support the academic mission of the university’.
UCU Open University branch president Pauline Collins said: “Nobody wants to take strike action, but we feel this is our only alternative.
“The closures have been criticised by staff, students, former students and politicians.
“Our senate, which is the academic body of the university, rejected the plans as high risk and failing to support the mission of the university.
“The ball is now firmly in the university’s court and we hope they will see sense and reject these plans.”
UCU said to lose such a huge amount of expertise would be a ‘devastating blow’ and has questioned why so many centres are being hit at the same time.
Staff in the local offices evaluate and support students with disabilities, provide course materials, assign tutorial groups, run examination arrangements, advise on study options and manage the hugely popular degree ceremonies.
UCU members at the Open University have previously taken strike action in national campaigns over pay and pensions. They have never had to walk out in a local dispute.