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The Students Association holds a wealth of resources for our members and representatives. From training materials to application packs to election timetables, we hope you find what you need here. If not, please email us at ousa@open.ac.uk

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Accounts: OSL

OUSA (Services) Limited Report and Accounts:

Accounts: OUSET

Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

Board of Trustees - Description of Responsibilities

Board of Trustees Report: OUSA

Open University Students Association (OUSA) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

Board of Trustees Report: OUSET

Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

Bye-Laws

The Bye-Laws should be read in conjunction with the Constitution of the Open University Student Association. Together, these documents form the basis for the operation of the Association:

CEC Meeting (3-5 July 2015)

Published papers from the meeting of the Central Executive Committee held 3 - 5 July 2015:

CEC Papers (Archive)

Download papers from previous meetings of the Central Executive Committee by date:

Central Executive Comittee Meeting (14-16 October 2016)

Central Executive Committee (CEC) Meeting (27 - 29 January 2017)

Published papers from the meeting of the Central Executive Committee held 27 - 29 January 2017

Charter - Student Charter

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the OU Students Association, sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other. It is a declaration of values rather than a rule book. It describes the way in which the members of the OU - staff and students - should work together so that everyone can benefit:

Complaints

This procedure is for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of our operation or services:

Constitution

The fundamental principles of the Association including: our right to exist; objectives and powers; Conference; the Trustees; the Central Executive Committee and membership:

Downloads - Exam Papers

Frequently asked questions on ordering past exam papers:

Step-by-step past exam paper download instructions:

Events Form

This form has been designed to help promote Students Association events and student meet-ups. Once you submit your form we'll endeavour to promote your event.

Ex-Officio Committee Membership

A breakdown of the Ex-Officio Committee Membership for each of the Association’s Central Executive roles.

Exam papers

Frequently asked questions on ordering past exam papers:

Step-by-step past exam paper download instructions:

Face to Face Meet-up Tips

Checklist and advice based on expert meet-up hosts' experience.

Face to Face Meet-up Tips

 Tips on how to run a face-to-face meet-up.

Facebook Chat Tips

Advice for students who haven't joined a Facebook chat before.

Forums - Guide

OUSA public forums are open to everyone with access to the University’s computing services. This document provides comprehensive guidance to the forum service. 

General Complaints Procedure

This procedure is for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of our operation or services:

Get the most out of a Facebook Chat

Advice for students who haven't joined a Facebook chat before.

Governance - Bye-Laws

The Bye-Laws should be read in conjunction with the Constitution of the Open University Student Association. Together, these documents form the basis for the operation of the Association:

Governance - Constitution

The fundamental principles of the Association including: our right to exist; objectives and powers; Conference; the Trustees; the Central Executive Committee and membership:

Governance - Policies

This document outlines the policies relating to OUSA, The Open University and other institutions:

Governance - Student Charter

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the OU Students Association, sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other. It is a declaration of values rather than a rule book. It describes the way in which the members of the OU - staff and students - should work together so that everyone can benefit:

Guide to OSL

A guide to OUSA (Services) Limited (OSL) for student volunteers, which includes an explanation of why OSL exists, its objectives and basis for operation, as well as an overview of its products and services:

Guide to the Public Forums Service

OUSA public forums are open to everyone with access to the University’s computing services. This document provides comprehensive guidance to the forum service. 

Guidelines - Social Media

This document contains guidance for students who hold a role within the Association and want to have a presence on social media for their role, society or group:

How to take part in a Live Facebook Chat

Advice for students who haven't joined a Facebook chat before.

Inclusion Meeting Minutes

These are the Minutes from the Inclusion Meeting in March 2016

Local Communities Form

This form has been designed to help promote Students Association events and student meet-ups. Once you submit your form we'll endeavour to promote your event.

Meet-up Form

This form has been designed to help promote Students Association events and student meet-ups. Once you submit your form we'll endeavour to promote your event.

Meet-up tips for hosts/organisers

Checklist and advice based on expert meet-up hosts' experience.

Modules

This report discusses the findings from the OU Students Association’s first research project with students about how they make their module choices. The research employed a range of qualitative techniques to gather information about student experiences, including social media discussions, a dedicated online forum, and semi-structured one to one interviews.

Newsletter - Hear more from your Students Association

OSL

A guide to OUSA (Services) Limited (OSL) for student volunteers, which includes an explanation of why OSL exists, its objectives and basis for operation, as well as an overview of its products and services:

OSL Annual Report & Accounts

OUSA (Services) Limited Report and Accounts:

OU-OUSA Relationship Agreement

The OU-OUSA Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and OUSA will work together:

OUSA Annual Trustees Report & Financials

Open University Students Association (OUSA) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

OUSET Annual Trustees Report & Financials

Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

Policies

This document outlines the policies relating to OUSA, The Open University and other institutions:

Policy - Safeguarding

In line with current safeguarding/child protection policy, legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Open University Students Association (OUSA) recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for both children and young people, and adults at risk/protected adults. By working with The Open University (OU) and appropriate external agencies, OUSA will seek to ensure that children and adults at risk/protected adults are safeguarded and protected from harm.

This Policy takes account of the differences in legislation affecting children at risk and adults at risk/protected adults1 across the four nations of the UK:

Postage Information (OSL)

Information on postage for customers of the OSL webshop:

Procedures - General Complaints

This procedure is for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of our operation or services:

Relationship Agreement: OU-OUSA

The OU-OUSA Relationship Agreement sets out how the OU and OUSA will work together:

Research

This report discusses the findings from the OU Students Association’s first research project with students about how they make their module choices. The research employed a range of qualitative techniques to gather information about student experiences, including social media discussions, a dedicated online forum, and semi-structured one to one interviews.

Returns and Refund Information (OSL)

Information on returns and refunds for customers of the OSL webshop:

Safeguarding Policy

In line with current safeguarding/child protection policy, legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Open University Students Association (OUSA) recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for both children and young people, and adults at risk/protected adults. By working with The Open University (OU) and appropriate external agencies, OUSA will seek to ensure that children and adults at risk/protected adults are safeguarded and protected from harm.

This Policy takes account of the differences in legislation affecting children at risk and adults at risk/protected adults1 across the four nations of the UK:

Shop - Postage Information

Information on postage for customers of the OSL webshop:

Shop - Returns and Refund Information

Information on returns and refunds for customers of the OSL webshop:

Social Media Guidelines

This document contains guidance for students who hold a role within the Association and want to have a presence on social media for their role, society or group:

Societies Brochure

Find out more about the affiliated OU Students Association societies as well as those that are new and emerging.

Society Guidelines

The guidelines below are here to help new societies who are just setting up and also to provide some advice and guidance to existing societies.  They bring together experience gathered from many societies are over the years.

If you require these guidelines in an alernative format, please contact ousa@open.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.

Strategy 2015-2018

The Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives of the OU Students Association:

Student Charter

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the OU Students Association, sets out what the responsibilities of members of the OU community are and what we can all expect of each other. It is a declaration of values rather than a rule book. It describes the way in which the members of the OU - staff and students - should work together so that everyone can benefit:

Students Association Strategy 2015-2018

The Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives of the OU Students Association:

Team Open Application Form 2016/17

Application form for Students' who've made it through the first round of the Uni Challenge selection process.

Tips for Meet-up Organisers

Checklist and advice based on expert meet-up hosts' experience.

Tips on Facebook Chats

Advice for students who haven't joined a Facebook chat before.

Trustees Annual Report & Financials: OUSA

Open University Students Association (OUSA) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

Trustees Annual Report & Financials: OUSET

Open University Students Educational Trust (OUSET) Trustees' Report and Financial Statements:

10 reasons to get involved

Join in the discussions on our Forums, Facebook and Twitter.

Influence how the University is run and get the student voice heard.

Get involved in societies and events.

Join in with the many volunteering opportunities.

An opportunity to debate the issues most important to you, hear inspirational speakers and socialise with other students.

Talk to a peer supporter or share advice with other students.

Help support other students to study or access help for yourself.

Save money on lots of products through the NUS Extra card.