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The Open University (OU) is a public research university and the largest university in the United Kingdom by number of students. The majority of the OU's undergraduate students are based in the United Kingdom and principally study off-campus; many of its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can also be studied anywhere in the world. There are also a number of full-time postgraduate research students based on the 45 hectares (110 acres) university campus at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, where they use the staff facilities for research, as well as more than 1,000 members of academic and research staff and over 2,500 administrative, operational and support staff.The OU was established in 1969 and was initially based at Alexandra Palace, north London, using the television studios and editing facilities which had been vacated by the BBC. The first students enrolled in January 1971. The university administration is now based at Walton Hall, but has administration centres in other parts of the United Kingdom. It also has a presence in other European countries. The university awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as non-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates or continuing education units. It also offers unique Open Degrees, in which students may study any combination of modules across all subjects. With more than 208,308 students enrolled, including around 34% of new undergraduates aged under 25 and more than 8,599 overseas students, it is the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom (and one of the largest in Europe) by student number, and qualifies as one of the world's largest universities. Since it was founded, more than 2.3 million students have achieved their learning goals by studying with the Open University. The Open University is one of only two United Kingdom higher education institutions to gain accreditation in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It also produces more CEOs than any other UK university. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, broadcaster Anna Ford and actress Glenda Jackson are among those who have tutored for the OU. History The Open University was founded by the Labour government under Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Wilson was a strong advocate, using the vision of Michael Young. Planning commenced in 1965 under Minister of State for Education Jennie Lee, who established a model for the OU as one of widening access to the highest standards of scholarship in higher education, and set up a planning committee consisting of university vice-chancellors, educationalists and television broadcasters, chaired by Sir Peter Venables. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Assistant Director of Engineering at the time James Redmond, had obtained most of his qualifications at night school, and his natural enthusiasm for the project did much to overcome the technical difficulties of using television to broadcast teaching programmes. Wilson envisaged The Open University as a major marker in the Labour Party's commitment to modernising British society. He believed that it would help build a more competitive economy while also promoting greater equality of opportunity and social mobility. The planned use of television and radio to broadcast its courses was also supposed to link The Open University to the technological revolution under way, which Wilson saw as a major ally of his modernisation schemes. However, from the start, Lee encountered widespread scepticism and even opposition from within and without the Labour Party, including senior officials in the Department of Education and Science (DES), her departmental head Anthony Crosland, the Treasury, ministerial colleagues, such as Richard Crossman and commercial broadcasters. The Open University was realised due to Lee's unflagging determination and tenacity in 1965–67, the steadfast support from Wilson, and the fact that the anticipated costs, as reported to Lee and Wilson by Arnold Goodman, seemed very modest. By the time the actual, much higher costs became apparent, it was too late to scrap the fledgling university. The university was granted a royal charter by the Privy Council on 23 April 1969. Organisation and administration Staff The majority of staff are part-time associate lecturers and, as of the 2021–22 academic year, almost 5,000 work for the OU. There are also 1,427 (mostly full-time) salaried academic employees (central academics based at Walton Hall and staff tutors based in a variety of regional locations) who are research active and responsible for the production and presentation of teaching materials, 2,502 who are academic-related and 1,905 support staff (including secretaries and technicians). Salaries are the OU's main cost—over £598 million for the 2021–22 academic year. In 2010 the OU became one of the Sunday Times' Best Places to Work in the Public Sector. Credit union Open University Employees Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative established by the university for staff in 1994. A member of the Association of British Credit Unions, it is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the PRA. Ultimately, like the banks and building societies, members’ savings are protected against business failure by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Academic divisions Faculties In 2016, the university reorganised its departments and now operates with the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS); the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL); the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS). It also runs Open and Access programmes via PVC-Students, and programmes from the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) via WELS. Business school In 1982, Open University offered a course titled, "The Effective Manager", developed by a team that was led by Charles Handy. After the reported success of the course, Derek S. Pugh proposed the establishment of a business school. In 1988, the Open University Business School (OUBS) was founded by the Faculty of Management department, for which professor Andrew Thomson was appointed to head. Thomson's main goal was the offering of an MBA programme, which was eventually funded through a grant from the DES. In 1989, the first class of MBA students were enrolled.The Open University Business School is accredited by the international accrediting bodies AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. It was placed in the top 1% of UK business schools after having received Triple Crown accreditation.Some selected rankings: The OU Business School's MBA programme was ranked 13th in the Financial Times’ global rankings of online and distance learning MBA providers which featured five European schools, four of which were in the UK. Ranked fifth in the Global Online MBA Rankings by .... Discover the The Open University popular books. Find the top 100 most popular The Open University books.

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  • OpenMinds synopsis, comments


    The Open University

    OpenMinds, the journal for Open University alumni: an engaging and thoughtprovoking mix of opinion, debate and research on topical issues. The OU is doing so much important work th...

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    The Open Boat

    Stephen Crane

    Though best known for The Red Badge of Courage, his classic novel of men at war, in his tragically brief life and career Stephen Crane produced a wealth of storiesamong them "...

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    The Virtual University

    Steve Ryan, Bernard Scott, Howard Freeman & Daxa Patel

    A discussion of the increased accessibility to the Internet and how this has lead to a variety of resources being used for learning. Case studies and examples show the benefits of ...

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    A Brief Guide to Smart Thinking

    James M. Russell

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    Open Knowledge Institutions

    Lucy Montgomery, John Hartley, Cameron Neylon, Malcolm Gillies & Eve Gray

    The future of the university as an open knowledge institution that institutionalizes diversity and contributes to a common resource of knowledge: a manifesto.In this book, a divers...

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    Using Linked Data Effectively

    Elena Simperl, Barry Norton, Maribel Acosta, Maria Maleshkova, John Domingue, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Paul Mulholland & Richard Power

    Linked Data has established itself as the de facto means for the publication of structured data over the Web, enjoying amazing growth in terms of the number of organizations commit...

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    The Open University

    OpenMinds, the journal for Open University alumni: an engaging and thoughtprovoking mix of opinion, debate and research on topical issues.

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    Self Regulated Learning

    A. Mikroyannidis, T. Connolly & M. Berthold

    The advent of online learning initiatives like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has significantly altered the landscape in eLearning. These initiatives may provide an abundant a...

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    Changing University Teaching

    Terry Evans & Daryl Nation

    Behind the hype of the "virtual university" lies real change in the way practitioners approach university teaching. This book focuses on the changes to teaching both on and...

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    The Massachusetts Approach to the Intersection of Governmental Attorney-Client Privilege and Open Government Laws.

    Suffolk University Law Review

    "Democracies die behind closed doors. The First Amendment, through a free press, protects the people's right to know that their government acts fairly, lawfully, and accurately.......

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    English in the World

    Philip Seargeant & Joan Swann

    English in the World: History, Diversity, Change examines the English language as it has developed through history and is used across the globe today. The first half of the book ou...

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    Keeping An Open Door

    Keith Brodie & Leslie Banner

    During the 1980s, many of America’s most respected colleges and universities suffered financial crises, athletic scandals, a troubling upsurge of racial conflict, and the divisiven...

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    Zombie University

    Sinead Murphy

    In this fullblooded attack on the institutions of higher education, Sinéad Murphy shows the neoliberal university for what it really is: a zombie institution, churning&#x...

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    Atoms, Nuclei and Particles

    The Open University

    An understanding of the quantum physics of atoms, nuclei and particles underlies the technology that surrounds us every day – from the manufacture of computer chips to the fabricat...

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    Getting Naked

    Harlan Cohen

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    The Dispossessed

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    One of the very best mustread novels of all time with a new introduction by Roddy Doyle'A well told tale signifying a good deal; one to be read again and again' THE TIMES'The book...

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    Embedding Open Educational Resources into Student Education

    Professor Neil Morris

    Open Educational Resources (OERs) are digitised teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property lice...

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    Mimi Swartz

    It wasn’t supposed to be this hard. If America could send a man to the moon, shouldn’t the best surgeons in the world be able to build an artificial heart? In Ticker, Tex...

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    Chemical formulae

    The Open University

    Chemical formulae and equations are part of the language of chemistry. In this book you will see how chemical compounds are represented as chemical formulae and how these formulae ...

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    Forging Online Education Through FIRE

    John Domingue, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Aitor Gomez-Goiri, Andrew Smith, Daan Pareit, Jono Vanhie-Van Gerwen, Christos Tranoris, Kostas Lampropoulos, Guillaume Jourjon, Olivier Fourmaux, Mohammed Yasin Rahman, Diarmuid Collins, Johann M. Marquez-Barja, Christian Blumm, Nicholas Kaminski, Luiz A. DaSilva, Ismael Gomez & Paul Sutton

    The FIRE initiative (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) creates an open research environment that facilitates strategic research and development of new Future Internet c...

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    I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

    Tim Kreider

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    Fossil Guide

    Peter Sheldon, Andrew Tindle & The Open University

    The Fossil Guide is the ideal companion to help you learn the basics about fossils and how to identify many of the common ones. All the major groups of fossils are illustrated with...

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    The quantum world

    The Open University

    Quantum physics lies at the heart of understanding the behaviour of matter and radiation on the smallest scales. It therefore underlies not only the technology that surrounds us ev...

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    Getting Open

    Tom Graham

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    The Physics of Light

    The Open University

    Visible light is very familiar to us, as are other forms of electromagnetic radiation, which are used when you use a microwave oven, or watch a television, or have an Xray. But alt...

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    After the Cheering Stops

    Cyndy Feasel

    Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to footballrelated concussion...

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    Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning

    Fridolin Wild, Paul Lefrere & Peter Scott

    ‘Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning’ presents a range of research projects which aim to explore how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate. This intera...

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    Open Look

    Jay Triano

    A thoughtful, entertaining memoir about one of Canada’s most decorated basketball stars, his love of the sport, and the rise of basketball in Canada.As a child growing up in Niagar...