The UCU and Unison are campaigning against the closure of Open University regional centres. They say "Almost 500 jobs could disappear from seven Open University centres in England under controversial plans described as ‘catastrophic’ by the unions which represent staff at the institution.
Thousands of current and potential students could be affected by the move, which would see the removal of vital services, such as careers counselling, study advice and support for disabled students.
The seven affected centres, with 494 staff are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London, and Oxford."
Sing the petition at http://speakout.web.ucu.org.uk/open-university-regional-centre-closures/ and join the rally in Birmingham on Friday outside the Open University in the West Midlands office, 66 HIgh Street, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9NB,
For more information, see a recent letter in The Guardian at http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/18/open-university-regional-offices-review.