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    The OU – where we are Annual Report 2010/11


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    Contents The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Introduction The OU – where we are ‘Where we are’ is more than just The OU is at work and at home, in a title for the Annual Report – the study, living room, canteen, traditionally a review of an cabin, classroom and tent. OU organisation’s past 12 months. research is beneath the waves, in volcanic craters, in the air and in For The Open University – the space. The OU is a partner of world leader in delivering university academic institutions and business education via supported open and leaders worldwide. It is a driver of distance learning – it is also a economic growth and opportunity statement of how and where it for all. engages with its students wherever they are. It is a declaration that It is where we are. the OU is on every continent every hour of the day reaching people via television, computer, social Contents network and mobile device. Introduction 3 We are opening access to all 30 2010/11 at a glance 4 We are delivering our mission on a global scale 34 Chancellor’s foreword 6 We are working with our supporters to deliver our mission 37 Pro-Chancellor’s foreword 7 The OU at a glance 41 Vice-Chancellor’s foreword 8 Financial highlights and yearly results 2010/11 42 We are transforming the workplace 10 How to contact us 44 Image: Thinkstock We are at the forefront of research 15 One university four nations 46 We are pushing the boundaries of online learning 20 Council Members 47 We are wherever our students are 26 2 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 3


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    The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 2010/2011 at a glance 2010/11 at a glance 7 800 £400,000 4 in 10 22,172 grant from the Scottish government campaign was key in winning access to to support the OU’s videos, making the student loans for part- TESSA programme OU the largest UK training teachers in 40th years in the top three time students for the university channel on first time Malawi UK universities for student satisfaction Students under 25 27,750 now make up anniversary of the ★★★★★ students accessed the OU’s Student Home website using 17% 19,300 research publications OU and BBC making prize-winning programmes together OU MBA graduates working in 88 countries 8,500 people and 42% 50 mobile devices during of The Open freely available in the organisations made one month in 2011 University’s under- OU’s Open Research donations to support graduate student – the percentage by population, a rise of 6.4 per cent from Online repository 54,000 the OU’s mission in 2010/11 which our student 2009/10 fans of numbers have the OU’s A partnership with increased in the last 40 million Facebook UNISON which has so 10 years page far helped 6 00 downloads to date of OU 5,500 capital cities – material from en route for the iTunes people in 15 countries took part in an OU-led 18 million unicyclist, testing the OU’s famed flexibility people into OU citizen science project visits to OpenLearn, during a two-year study won the The to map evolutionary the OU’s free learning charity cycle ride Widening Participation change in snails website, to date Initiative of the Year 4 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 5


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    Foreword The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Foreword Chancellor’s foreword Pro-Chancellor’s foreword As the courts dealt with the fallout of an We live in unprecedented times faced by a objectives, with 81 per cent of them remaining English summer’s scorched streets the OU recession that is worse than anything in the in work as they do so. Therefore they not only celebrated the first graduates of its Foundation 20th century, including the Great Depression of contribute to the economy and pay taxes but are Degree in Youth Justice, understanding and the 1930s. It is no longer possible to take for also able to apply their learning immediately. tackling the issues youth crime raises for our granted many of the assumptions that we have whole community. There were celebrations made for generations – constant economic The Open University has pioneered too for the OU’s award-winning television growth, rising social security and greater engagement between higher education and co-productions and, I was pleased to see, for expectations. We have to rethink what sort of the workplace, whether it is the likes of its first feature-length documentary film. society we want, to find new ways of achieving Waitrose in the private sector or the Armed economic and environmental sustainability and Services and the NHS in the public sector. Read how the OU is delivering improved health to increase our engagement and co-operation All of this is directed towards helping people outcomes to the people of sub-Saharan Africa with the rest of the world. The Open University to broaden their skills-base, thereby making “OU research is and life chances for children in South Asia is particularly well equipped to make a great a greater contribution to their organisation looking at those through learning English. Globally and at home contribution to tackling these problems. and society in general. And, of course, our the OU, not surprisingly given its pioneering students benefit enormously as well. who have been left use of technology, employs the latest mobile For 40 years we have given people a unique behind, older people devices to deliver education in areas once opportunity through part-time study, to develop In a world full of uncertainty, the one continuing regarded as unreachable – in every sense. their skills and broaden their opportunities. certainty is that mankind’s progress is wholly and the socially Economic recovery will only be achieved dependent on a rising tide of education and excluded, and The internet, iPads, ebooks and apps mean through an educated and constantly re-skilled skills in society. The Open University has made seeking ways for anyone anywhere can plug in to the OU’s vast workforce. The most effective and relevant and will continue to make a vital contribution to resources and learn, while social network sites way of doing this is through the part-time this crucial objective. all to understand allow students to connect with a unique learning flexible mode of learning pioneered by The and engage with it.” experience over distances. Open University. Lord Haskins of Skidby Pro-Chancellor In a complex world shaken by seismic events, But not everyone is plugged in to the digital Furthermore our reach is now truly global – for social, economic, political, or by nature itself, planet. OU research is looking at those who example, we are helping to train 7,000 teachers there has rarely been a greater need to have been left behind, older people and the in Ethiopia. An astonishing 89 per cent of understand our role in it and, where we can, socially excluded, and seeking ways for all to part-time students study to further their career effect change. understand and engage with it. With its core missions to widen participation in This Annual Report is a reflection of how an higher education and promote social justice innovative and inclusive Open University is The Open University is delivering understanding meeting the challenges of a complex world. through education to its hundreds of thousands of students. Within these pages you will read Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, CBE how an OU that is relevant to today’s world is Chancellor reaching out to students in their workplace whether a city trading floor or a busy hospital ward. 6 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 7


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    Foreword The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Foreword Vice-Chancellor’s foreword By any measure this has been a landmark Fairness and equality of opportunity have income per student compared with the past, year for The Open University and UK higher always been fundamental to how the OU but one that we believe we can afford education more broadly: a period of significant operates, but at a time when economies are because of the steps we have already taken challenges, important successes and, under- stagnating and unemployment is rising no to effect an institution-wide programme of pinning both, the opportunity for us to reaffirm nation can afford to squander the potential of economies. our commitment to the University’s founding large sections of its adult population. We have mission to be open to people, places, methods a long and distinguished track record of The landscape will continue to change, and and ideas. opening up opportunities to all; reaching people the OU with it. What won’t change, as the and communities others aren’t able to; successes in the pages that follow will In October 2010 the Browne Committee’s delivering the highest levels of support; and demonstrate, is our commitment to putting our report into the future funding of higher pioneering innovative teaching methods in students at the heart of all that we do, and to education in England was published, heralding order to help our students achieve their study continuing to provide the unique blend of a new era in which Government’s financial and career goals. quality, value and flexibility that makes us first support for the sector would largely switch choice for them, their employers and our from grants to universities to enhanced loans I am proud that today, of our 264,000 students, partners around the world. to students. 20 per cent of our newest students come from the 25 per cent most disadvantaged Martin Bean With four in ten of the UK student population communities (according to the National Index Vice-Chancellor studying for their qualification part-time, it was of Multiple Deprivation); 18,000 of our students imperative that we secured a level playing enter through tailored access programmes field for all learners. We were delighted to see and more than 12,000 of our students have that our arguments on behalf of part-time registered disabilities. But we have no intention learners had been heard. For the very first of resting on our laurels. time, our learners will have the same access to government-backed student loans as their In July 2011 we announced our fees for the “Our fee for a full-time counterparts in full-time education. academic year 2012/13, after having taken equivalent undergraduate the time to thoroughly understand the course is among the lowest implications of a cut in Government teaching grant in excess of £90 million and to consult across the sector and also extensively with both our existing and the lowest we could manage “For the very first time, our learners will prospective students. Our fee for a full-time without threatening the OU’s equivalent undergraduate course is among have the same access to government- the lowest across the sector and also the sustainability.” backed student loans as their lowest we could manage without threatening counterparts in full-time education.” the OU’s sustainability. It represents a drop in 8 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 9


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    The Workplace The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Workplace “If we are to secure OU helps IT industry unlock skills gap Internet security presents career The Open University is responding to an IT opportunities a healthy pipeline recruitment crisis in the UK. Two new With internet security a growing threat to of talent coming degrees, BSc (Hons) Computing and IT and business worldwide, the OU saw registrations BSc (Hons) Computing and IT and a second onto security management and computer into the industry subject will meet the needs of employers forensics modules double in 2010. The OU, a then we need to struggling to fill hundreds of thousands of new leading CISCO Academy, has added Network IT roles over the next five years. Security to its portfolio of internationally engage people at recognised modules. Andrew Smith, Lecturer all stages in their The new undergraduate programmes also on the CISCO Certified Networking Associate address concerns from employers that and Professional programmes said that the career. As a flexible potential recruits lack business acumen and module will open up career opportunities in and adaptable the ability to put technical skills to use in the network security systems. workplace. education provider The Open University is perfectly placed to do this.” Mark Ratcliffe, Director of Higher Education, e-skills UK We are transforming Image: Thinkstock the workplace With more than 25 years’ success in fulfilling employer employers and the wider economy to benefit Supporting a clear career essential skills to reach board skills and training needs, the OU is now such a immediately. Our workplace partnerships range from path for information officers level. The Pathways framework The Open University is mapping helps companies attract successful partner for business that four out of five large corporates, multinationals and SMEs in almost its online industry curriculum to professionals into the industry FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff on OU every industry sector to professional institutions, sector the CIO Executive Pathways with the promise of a clear modules. Over the last 12 months career change and bodies and the armed services – just a few of which are competency framework – career path. development remained the most important motivation featured in these highlights from 2010/11. providing future chief information officers with for those taking an OU award. And 70 per cent of our students were in employment – enabling them, their 10 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 11


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    The Workplace The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Workplace OU helps meet youth crime challenge knowledge to help young people in her own As the courts handled UK riot prosecutions community. “I’d love to work with the sort of of children as young as 11, the OU saw its children I grew up with,” said Nicolle, from first students graduating with a Foundation London. Degree in Youth Justice. Rod Earle, of the OU’s Faculty of Health and The degree represents a partnership between Social Care, said working in and around the the OU and the Youth Justice Board, aimed at youth justice system is not easy. “It is a helping address the issues raised for society complex area of practice in which research by youth crime. Rooted in practice, the and knowledge about young people’s qualification will equip those who work with offending behaviour has grown enormously children and young people in the justice over the last 10 years,” he said. system to be more effective and creative. The first graduates include Nicolle Gordon Footballer scores after pass from OU (pictured below) who will use her new Footballer Richard Hinds scored a first-class honours law degree from The Open University while keeping his eye on a career Image: Waitrose off the pitch. The former Sheffield Wednesday defender juggled his studies with League One football fixtures and then while recovering from a broken leg. The OU’s flexibility makes it a popular route High Street giant partners OU to boost workplace. It provides content from four of the for many professional footballers. It has staff’s career development OU’s professional development modules in partnerships with the Professional Footballers’ The Open University is helping Waitrose addition to more than 100 20-minute modules. Association and League Football Education to supermarket deliver career development offer options for footballers beyond their opportunities to its staff. Jo Kelly, Head of Talent at Waitrose, said: playing careers. “The OU were great with me “We are a rapidly growing company so it was and the level of support they provided has PartnerLearn is an online tool designed to important we came up with a new tool to been a different class,” said Richard. provide personal and team development and embed learning and development across a can be accessed at work or outside the bigger and more complex business.” “The material is very much about “We are confident PartnerLearn will OU Business School is a Superbrand The Business Superbrands survey recognises brands with combining workplace experience with help us continue our commitment to The triple-accredited Open an exceptional reputation in University Business School their sector, offering customers academic thinking so it can be readily helping employees develop themselves notched up another accolade tangible advantages over put into practice to the advantage of all and achieve their career aspirations.” when it was voted fifth in the competitors. Since 2006 the Business Superbrand 2011’s OU’s business and law under- those involved.” Jo Kelly, Executive Education, Training graduate modules have grown Simon Rae, Head of Talent, Waitrose and Development category. in popularity by 48 per cent. Lecturer in Professional Development, The Open University 12 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 13


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    The Workplace The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Research We are at the Opening up opportunities in healthcare Healthcare assistants can study towards a The Open University has responded to the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare expanded and changed role of healthcare Practice and build towards a Foundation assistants/healthcare support workers and assistant practitioners in healthcare services and to the needs of employers. Degree (in Scotland a Diploma of Higher Education) which, responding to employers’ feedback, has a ‘fast track’ option. forefront of research A new learning and development programme Professor Jan Draper, OU Director of Nursing, is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice said: “Not only can students work while with the theory related back to the practice. studying, but it means employers can address After a general introduction to the fundamentals the training needs of staff in a way that of caring for patients, students can choose to minimises the time needed out of the specialise according to their needs and workplace.” current role. Image: Thinkstock Image: Thinkstock Career lift-off for Fleet Air Military Aviation Academy. That He plans to turn his foundation lifelong learning, longer service, Within a few years we will possess the technology to While we are often best known for our teaching it is Arm Officers can mean studying on exercise, into a full degree with the Navy. more retention and at a younger secure all our mobile communications, be able to detect our high-quality research and enterprise portfolio that Fleet Air Arm officers (pictured on a warship, in a tent or at Commander Ivor Milne MBE, age. It’s a win-win situation on page 10) received a home. who helped design the for everybody.” infectious disease outbreaks and learn more about the underpins the University’s teaching and collaborations Foundation Degree in Military Foundation Degree, said with make-up of Mars. These are just a few of the areas of with business and industry. The OU rose 23 places in Aviation Studies from The Sea King pilot Lieutenant James a validated degree programme research at The Open University that contribute to our the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), Open University. Wallace joined the Royal Navy the FAA attracted A-level knowledge and quality of life. securing a place in the top third of UK universities. as a mechanic at 17 with GCSEs, students who stay in longer Study is alongside operational rising to be an officer and a pilot and achieve a higher rank flying training with the FAA’s – his boyhood dream. younger. “We are the start of 14 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk/research The OU – where we are 15


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    Research The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Research Environment Society Better ways with waste A sound way to boost food production Privacy research gets international After the financial crisis The OU is assessing the performance and Measuring how sound bounces off soil could recognition FINNOV (Finance, Innovation and Growth) environmental impact of one of the most help boost wheat production and help meet a Managing privacy of personal and professional has been cited by the European Commission advanced Mechanical and Biological Treatment 50 per cent rise in global food demand by data poses huge challenges in a world where as one of the most important projects related (MBT) plants, designed to reduce landfilling 2030. Wheat yields can be hampered during so much information is changing hands via to growth and jobs in Europe. The project, a of household waste. Research suggests this water shortages because of an increase in mobile phones and computing devices. research partnership between seven leading type of MBT can separate unsorted household soil strength but existing methods of soil European institutions, is coordinated by the OU. waste like metals, glass and plastics as well strength testing are invasive and laborious. Research by The Open University using FINNOV aims to understand the relationship as biodegradable material automatically. By ground-breaking methods, including personal between changing financial markets, composting the biodegradable material under Open University Professor Keith Attenborough memory phrases, encouraged people to innovation and economic performance. The controlled conditions, the plant reduces the leads a £680,000 EPSRC-funded project remember privacy-sensitive actions such as findings will contribute to a European strategy amount of methane produced when this is investigating a non-invasive acoustic-seismic changing their Facebook status or privacy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. landfilled. The composted material can also method. Sound at several frequencies is settings. be suitable for restoring land and generating played near the ground surface and sound electricity. pressure and soil particle movement The PRiMMA (Privacy Rights Management in Prospects for small businesses measured using microphones and a laser. Mobile Applications) research by Bashar The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Sound speeds in soils depend on water Nuseibeh, OU Professor of Computing, won Britain (QSSB), edited by the OU’s Richard Low carbon living content and soil structure. The proposed the Golden Mouse Award at the 2010 Blundel and Emeritus Professor Colin Gray, Exploration of the barriers to adoption of technique provides information relevant to International Conference on Human-Computer received extensive media coverage during electric vehicles (EV) is contributing to the root growth and there is a future commercial Interaction. the year for its insights into the changing £5 million EV project in the Milton Keynes potential for detecting buried objects. performance of small and medium-sized Low Carbon Living programme. It is part of a enterprises. Now in its 26th year, the QSSB 20+ year plan to make the city – where the tracks key trends in this vital sector of OU’s campus is based – an exemplary low the economy. carbon community. The OU’s research into public perceptions, and institutional and financial barriers to EV uptake, is considered as important to the project’s success as resolving the technical issues. Image: Thinkstock Image: Thinkstock The OU is leading the In Brighton Jon Bird asked OU Business School research MethaneNet project, bringing the residents of Tidy Street to is investigating the role together specialists to generate monitor their electricity use. emotions play in making ideas and solutions to address The results were translated financial decisions. Sensors the urgent need to better daily into a giant chalk graph build a picture of the wearer’s understand the threat methane on the street, which helped emotional state to help traders could pose to climate stability. drive down energy use and investors work with their Image: Thinkstock Image: Thinkstock significantly. emotions more effectively. 16 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk/research www.open.ac.uk/research The OU – where we are 17


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    Research The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Research Health and wellbeing Science “We are focusing Early warning on epidemics Including older people Mission to Mars Public gets an eyeful of space Recent outbreaks of swine flu and SARS The Faculty of Health and Social Care is The Department of Physical Sciences has a A team from the Faculty of Science is on two main areas, have shown that populations are still at risk looking at older people’s relationships with leading role in the ExoMars missions which creating an interactive online database of high reducing the from mass outbreaks of infections. An OU team technology, in order to help increase their will be investigating the evolution and resolution microscope images of space rocks, is developing an enhanced computerised engagement with it. Research found that in habitability of Mars and looking for signs of making the study of these rocks an option for number of spurious detection system to give early warning of the right circumstances older people are as past or present life. OU scientists will be everyone for the first time. Rocks, including detections and epidemics as well as ‘bio-terrorism’ attacks. likely to be interested in social use of interpreting the 2016 ExoMars Trace Gas those from the Moon and Mars, that were technology as younger people. It also took a Orbiter’s observations of ozone, dust and previously only accessible by scientists, can developing more Outbreak detection systems currently in place critical look at older people’s alleged fear of clouds, as well as observations of the Martian now be examined on the Space Eyeful sophisticated in the UK and other European countries were technology and inability to ‘get it’. surface made by the Orbiter’s small base website aimed at 11 to 18-year-olds, their developed in the 1990s. The new system, station. The OU is also involved in the parents and teachers. evaluation developed by a team from the Faculty of The OU Business School and the Faculty of development of the ExoMars Climate Sounder methods.” Mathematics, Computing and Technology, will Mathematics, Computing and Technology which will provide daily temperature, pressure, mean information can be evaluated in near have contributed to research into the impact dust, water vapour and ice measurements. Professor Paddy Farrington, real time, with the capability of surveying that moving government and public services Research Team Leader thousands of different infections which pose a online can have on those with no web access potential threat. Elements of the automated or who lack the skills to use the web. The system are planned to be in place for the research is part of EGOV4U an EC-funded 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow project to accelerate engagement with digital Commonwealth Games. technologies among some of the EC’s most socially excluded citizens. Keeping the NHS cool Many people are admitted to hospital during heatwaves, and hospitals need to provide a comfortable environment for their recovery. But air conditioning uses too much energy Image: NASA/Sean Smith and the NHS must cut its emissions. Claudia Eckert of the OU’s Department of Design, Image: Thinkstock Development, Environment and Materials is researching ways to make NHS buildings more resilient during heatwaves. Engineering for safety Work on stresses in welded Predicting eruptions techniques to understand what Micro-gravity measurements Professors Mike Fitzpatrick and structures led to collaboration Better predictions for when is happening at the Askja will reveal how much magma is John Bouchard of the OU with Airbus and a programme volcanic eruptions will take volcano in central Iceland. The moving and where, providing Materials Engineering Group are assessing bonded crack place and how long they might research shows that the volcano valuable insights into when an leading research into safety retarders. Their research also last will benefit both those is sinking and suggests that eruption at Krafla might occur. critical structural integrity in two assesses the stresses and living nearby and air travellers magma is draining away from key industries. integrity of welded joints in further afield. OU Dean of beneath it. Earthquakes to the Image: Thinkstock nuclear power applications. Science Professor Hazel Rymer north of Askja indicate magma is pioneering micro-gravity moving towards Krafla volcano. 18 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk/research www.open.ac.uk/research The OU – where we are 19


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    Open Media The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Open Media “It is crucial for OU hits 40 million downloads The material was delivered via regular tweets, The Open University is a global leader in the blog posts, podcasts and videos on YouTube, part-time students number of downloads from iTunes U, driven driving traffic to political content on OpenLearn. to be able to study by the surge in new mobile platforms such as It was judged Best Use of Social Media in the smart phones and tablets. In 2011 the OU 2010 E-Learning Awards. when, where and reached 40 million free downloads of module- how it suits them related material via video and audio. OU Visit OpenLearn: http://www.open.ac.uk/ material on iTunes U is open to anyone, openlearn/ and we excel at not just OU students, and 90 per cent of finding new and downloads are from outside the UK. In autumn Free apps make learning memorable 2011 Beginners’ French and Beginners’ A free app to help parents teach their children better ways to Chinese were the most popular downloads. to read has been created by The Open enable students to University. Our Story can be used on mobile The OU was one of the first universities devices and provides the experiences known to study on the move.” worldwide to make ebooks available free on develop the ability and motivation for reading. iTunes U with hundreds of titles now Parents can create their own personal picture Martin Bean, OU Vice-Chancellor available. Link to the OU on iTunes U: books, stories and games helping children http://open.edu/itunes/ relate to the content and providing a foundation for a lifetime of reading. The app is free to download from the Apple store. Election win for OpenLearn Using social media to contrast coverage of The processes behind creating a photo-fit the 2010 general election with that run in 1992 likeness of a criminal have been captured in earned the OU’s acclaimed open learning an app by The Open University that lets website, OpenLearn, another award. 92 anyone turn friends and family into crime We are pushing Rewind (pictured on page 20) used headlines from events 18 years earlier to reflect on similarities and differences to the 2010 ‘suspects’. PhotoFit Me is a fun way of explaining how we translate a mental picture of someone into a verbal description. The app the boundaries of campaign. was developed with input from OU Professor of Forensic Psychology Graham Pike. online learning A key feature of the OU’s famed flexibility is the way we From online science experiments to the 40 million plus Animated English a hit on in bite-size chunks, had continue to harness digital technologies to enrich and downloads of OU learning materials from iTunes U, our YouTube recorded more than 250,000 The Open University’s hits on YouTube and went on to expand the learning experience – not only for our own pioneering of new channels, greater interactivity and presence on YouTube, OUView fill all top 10 slots on iTunes U. students, but as part of our social mission to a world- exciting new tools is bringing high-quality education continues to attract hundreds of The cross-platform commission wide audience via the global open access movement. even closer to learners. thousands of viewers world- was voiced by Clive Anderson. wide. In the summer of 2011 – and just months after its re- To see OUView: lease – The History of English - http://www.youtube.com/ in 10 Minutes, a light-hearted user/TheOpenUniversity animated look at the language 20 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 21


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    Open Media The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Open Media Where we are on social media Magenta writes… Assorted thoughts about life and the universe from a woman on the edge This is my seventh OU course and my fourth year of study towards a BA Open Hons degree. I love the start of a new module; opening up new textbooks, the starting of a new notebook, the feeling of wonder as it all starts to come This is genius. OU History of English in together. I will also be starting module A251 10 minutes http://t.co/TvtNYvsd World Archaeology in November, so a packed Very funny cartoons. @openuniversity nine months is ahead of me. Dear Husband is melanieH73 via Tweetdeck Baffled by science? Have a look at these from also studying with OU this year… Just qualified with the OU this week, got @OpenUniversity and listen to me pretending I understand my BA (Hons) in English Language and what I'm reading. http://t.co/nnDCfN0K Literature! Very pleased! :-) RealDMitchell via web www.magentawrites.co.uk Muslimah Mauthoor 9 people like this. Officially got started Hello everyone, Im new to open My mum is doing her @OpenUniversity @OpenUniversity Congrats Muslimah! (I'm doing the with the good old university and going to be studying physics exam this am, just dropped her same degree, but only two courses @OpenUniversity K101 An introduction to health and off on my way to my lecture, I feel like a 'The OU is my in so far). xx today! social studies. Anybody got any mum today! midlife crisis' hints and tips of getting thorough http://cot.ag/ Kirsty Ormson It's been my 'smart with my sanity in one piece? #goodluck q8OEPy #ou_plat move' of the year! Martin Bean @openuniversity Saralowesmusic via web Ian Wallace AnnaKerwin via UberSocial for Blackberry My Open Experience VC on widening participation If I had to sum up my week there in three ‘we cannot afford to waste words, I think they would be ‘challenging, untapped potential’ THE The OpenDream There's a FB page captivating and inspiring.’ It was a fantastic Joe Pasquale student dedicated to K101 as week where I was able to meet other students, and comedian LaurenHardy via web Reasons to study after 30: Development well as your OU student old and young, and challenge myself into the of character and personal traits: forums! Best tip: pace world of Philosophy and Ethics. On the car persistence, time management, curiosity, ability to yourself, put time aside To The Open University journey up to Bath I felt quite uneasy because One problem with the Open University Have been doing summarise, setting personal boundaries. This for just for study BUT make and Beyond I ignorantly assumed I would be the youngest is that you get used to high standard some work on me is a great motivating factor. It is not just what quality teaching and teachers who @OpenUniversity sure u still have a life! person there. However two other people in my you study, it is what you become in the process It’s meant to be the end of the are actually available and helpful. website today! tutor group were 21 and 22 years of age, so all by developing the necessary skills to reach that world today but still did TMA03 When you try studying at another Love that I can sit in Good Luck! pre-supposed thoughts were instantly banished goal. (just in case). university, you suddenly realize that the garden and from my mind. the OU are very much the exception. study!! (Or one of the very few exceptions...) www.theopendream.com Karen Fraser http://littlemissyce.blogspot.com/ https://myopenexperience.wordpress.com/ Rupert Ewing @shabbaUK 22 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 23


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    Open Media The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Open Media Citizen science online Award for Life Gerry Mooney, Academic Consultant for the iSpot, The Open University’s online nature The OU-BBC co-production Life, narrated by OU, said the series provided a platform to observation, identification and social David Attenborough, won the Jury’s Special explore some of the key social sciences networking site, won a coveted Panda Award. Award at the Panda Award Ceremony in 2010. issues of today including community, The site, which has helped identify thousands sustainability, inequality, diversity and power. of animals, birds, plants, fish and more, won The Pandas are the most prestigious awards The programmes were also linked to the ARKive New Media Award 2010. for film of the natural world, attracting the additional learning resources via the world’s leading filmmakers. David Robinson, OpenLearn website: http://www.open.ac.uk/ Jonathan Silvertown, OU Professor of Ecology, OU Senior Lecturer in Biological Science, said openlearn/ said the honour ranked iSpot as one of the the ten-part series was the culmination of best new media environmental projects in the more than four years’ work. world. iSpot makes naturalists and scientists OU on-screen awards of members of the public wherever they live The Open University and BBC co-productions by allowing them to upload pictures and share “The OU team is proud to be have been consistently recognised with awards. observations from their local areas. A documentary for BBC Four looking at part of this award-winning mental health, Sectioned, won the 2011 Link to iSpot: http://www.ispot.org.uk/ series which raises the Learning on Screen General Education Image: Thinkstock Broadcast Award and was named ‘best standard of natural history documentary’ at the MIND Mental Health filmmaking to a new height.” Media Awards in 2010. The OU, BBC and Lion Television series, Syrian School, won the David Robinson, prestigious Japan Prize 2010 in the Youth OU Senior Lecturer in Biological Science OU puts Town on the map Category. The five-part series was broadcast The OU/BBC co-production Town with on BBC Four and the BBC World Service and Nicholas Crane, broadcast on BBC2 in has been translated into 10 languages and summer 2011, explored four iconic British shown in more than 40 countries. towns: Scarborough (pictured above), Ludlow, Perth and Totnes. Smaller than cities but more sustainable and much greener, Nicholas said Image: Thinkstock that with a predicted 92 per cent of the UK population living in urban areas by 2030, towns should be put back on the map as important sustainable communities. Turning the lens on poverty Broadcast in August 2011, The The OU’s first feature-length Secret Life of Buildings was the documentary film, Vortex, first OU series co-produced with looking at Roma families in Channel 4 and linked to the OU Hungary, won the Authors’ module: Design Thinking: Award at the 2010 Budapest Creativity for the 21st century Faces of Poverty Film Festival. (U101). The programmes Image: Thinkstock Image: Thinkstock The hard-hitting film, an OU/ looked at the impact buildings Hunnia Filmstudio co-production, have on our lives and how was co-directed by OU Senior they affect our emotions Lecturer John Oates. and identity. 24 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 25


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    Flexibility The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Flexibility We are Vice-Chancellor Mary’s learning journey started with the OU The Open University transformed an wherever our academically under-confident social science student into someone who wanted to pass students are her new-found love of learning on to others. Now, Professor Mary Stuart (pictured right) is Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University and says the OU has a special place in her heart. In the 1980s she was a drama teacher in London but wanted a ‘proper job’ and another degree. She chose the OU. “I fell in love with social sciences because it is a language that tells the story of my life and explained what was going on around me,” said Professor Stuart who grew up in apartheid South Africa. She gained a first-class honours degree and went on to do a doctorate with the OU before embarking on an academic career which led to her taking up her role at Lincoln. Of her old university Professor Stuart said: “It is highly regarded and valued and I got a very good education there.” With seven years in the top three UK universities for money that make an OU qualification the best fit with Funny man Joe is serious returned to learning after a family, dogs and parrots, but I OU PhD in his sights. He also student satisfaction, the OU can truly claim to be putting their lives, careers and budgets. During 2010/11 one in about learning teenage accident saw him miss put the hours in because I want praised the module materials For comedian Joe Pasquale a year at school. Like most to get it right,” he said. and support from his tutor. “I our students at the heart of everything we do. The three part-time students chose to study with the OU. (pictured opposite) having a students Joe fits study around have learned more in the last economic and social challenges currently facing nations The stories that follow represent a snapshot of the ways ‘mid-life crisis’ meant doing an home life and work and that Since he began his OU studies year with the OU than in my across the globe place an even greater responsibility on in which more than a quarter of a million students each Open University degree. Some means doing his homework in Joe has spoken about them previous 49, it’s just so us to continue to develop the ways in which we provide year are harnessing that flexibility to achieve their goals. men go for younger women and the car being driven to gigs and extensively on national TV, rewarding,” he said. motorbikes said the 50-year- in his dressing room. “At home radio and in print. His aim is to all our students with the quality, flexibility and value for old, “I went for a BSc.” Joe has there are more distractions, teach geology on TV with an 26 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk/study www.open.ac.uk/study The OU – where we are 27


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    Flexibility The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Flexibility Putting the OU’s famed flexibility to the test he New career beckons for Walter at 73 having to support herself and her brother. She has already taken a Planetary Science exam Walter Smith began writing to fill off-duty is now HR Manager for a Fortune 500 in the OU’s Vienna office, attended residential hours on an oil and gas plant in Orkney. But it company, having achieved her MBA in 2011. weeks in Majorca and Nottingham, and eaten was The Open University which nurtured the a marmot pasta sauce in Switzerland. project engineer’s career change into a Pam urged others to take advantage of the playwright at the age of 73. support network the OU offers including tutors “This life is short and can be snatched away. and local study groups. “There are so many Whatever it is, just do it. Don’t hang around. Walter turned to the OU when he retired and ways to keep in touch. There is always In other words, literally or metaphorically, get says it was a lifesaver. “You can’t play golf someone on the end of the phone when you on your bike!” he said. five times a day and I am no gardener,” he need them,” she said. said. In 2011 he finished an Open Degree in www.open.ac.uk/platform English Literature with the Creative Writing element encouraging him to write plays. In 2010 his black comedy The Living End was The best of both worlds staged by a leading amateur theatre company. Doing an Open University MBA course equipped Richard Baker with skills he could “Seeing your words come to life is quite a Travel broadens the mind use in his job right from the start. He heads up thing and the OU played its part,” he said. “It The Open University is where its students are employee engagement and internal fulfilled me and it saved my sanity.” – but on a bicycle pedalled around Europe? communications for train operator London 40-year-old Steven Primrose-Smith (above) Midland but was working in a different role for hit the road in spring 2011 with a tent, sun another operator when he began his six years’ Support when Pam needed it cream and an e-reader loaded with OU study. The support The Open University gave Pam modules for degrees in maths and physical Williams (pictured right) when two years into science. He aims to spend three years visiting Richard went to a traditional university but her MBA her husband became seriously ill 50 European capitals and add to his OU MA dropped out to go out to work. Early jobs was immense, she says. Tutors, staff and in philosophy – after almost dying from a brain included flipping burgers and sewing together fellow students rallied round, says Pam, haemorrhage in 2008. boiler suits but he does not regret learning whose husband is now recovering. later in life, especially the support he got from Steve has met fellow students on the way and the OU and the flexibility it offered while She had gained professional qualifications in many others follow his ‘The Unicyclist’ blog on working. “I have had the best of both worlds,” a career in HR but missed out on higher the OU community website Platform. he said. education after losing both parents and Decade-long battle for after 10 years during which he Students on the move Fitting studying humanities with at home his family naturally Robert’s degree combined his OU study with For Margaret Ogunmefun English around visiting family want to see him. “The OU is Colour Sergeant Robert Giles active service duties in travelling is a big part of her life was a tall order but in 2011 she great for remote working and at of the Irish Guards completed Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and the flexibility of The Open received her BA (Hons). “Travel home, even when studying, his Open University degree and Afghanistan. University allowed her to fit is a part of life but the OU met you can put your books down while recovering from wounds learning around globetrotting. my needs,” she said. and play,” he said. received serving in Iraq. C Sgt “Trying to learn and work at the Originally from Nigeria, Giles was shot in the chest in same time has been my biggest Margaret grew up in the US, is Tony Bateman racked up the 2003. He has achieved a BA challenge but the OU’s support now based in the Netherlands air miles too as his job in power (Hons) in Politics and Philosophy was outstanding,” he said. and her husband works in plant construction takes him Kazakhstan. around the world. When he is 28 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 29


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    Widening Participation The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Widening Participation We are opening access to all Caring for the carers National charities, academics and student The Open University counts many carers carers took part in a special conference among its students, offering them a fully hosted by the OU to explore how educational flexible approach to learning which makes it institutions, government and funders could do possible to fit successful study around the even more to reach and support carers in demands of caring. transforming their life chances through education. Participant Jane Green, a single parent with two sons with medical conditions, began studying for an undergraduate degree because she could not understand some of the medical and educational jargon on her children’s reports. She achieved a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, completed her PGCE, Advanced Diploma in Child development and now a Masters in Education. She has since been elected onto the Autism Education Trust steering committee. Another delegate, student carer Maxi, spoke of her plan to use her OU humanities degree to enter teacher training. “I love learning – it affirms life!” she said. Image: Alamy Improving the life chances of all, fuelling social mobility new undergraduates come from the 25 per cent most Learners’ story inspires Cymru promoting adult learning and supporting the economy through tapping into the disadvantaged communities in the UK – many from The Open University in Wales in Wales. has formed a partnership with potential of the whole adult population are at the heart families in which they are the first to enter higher Hafal, a national mental health Shan Davies, Sharon Harris, of the OU’s mission. Today, 43 per cent of our students education. The following pages highlight a few of the charity encouraging individuals Susanne Mahoney and Christina join with one A level or less, we have more than 11,500 many and varied ways in which we continue to pioneer recovering from serious mental Hodges (pictured right), all from disabled students – more than the entire populations of new ideas and new methods to deliver our mission. illness to study. Four Hafal the Merthyr Tydfil area, are now students were named as on their second OU module some universities, 11 per cent of our student population winners at the Inspire! Awards and able to study without extra are from ethnic minority groups and 20 per cent of our organised by NIACE Dysgu support. 30 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 31


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    Widening Participation The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Widening Participation “These learners Award for OU UNISON partnership More young students choose the OU “We are proud to be Race Online 2012 – a great fit with OU Additions to the Openings programme during The Open University’s partnership with Students aged under 25 now make up 17 per The Open University is proud to support Race the year included Starting with Law and make a huge UNISON, which has helped more than 5,500 cent of The Open University’s undergraduate supporting 'Race Online 2012 – the nationwide challenge to get Starting with Management; while new short commitment to people access OU modules and training, was student population with 18 to 19-year-olds Online 2012'. Of the everyone in the UK online by the end of the modules included Living without Oil, and named Widening Participation Initiative of the fastest growing group of new students Olympic year. Launching the partnership, The Frozen Planet, linked to the OU-BBC their development the Year in the Times Higher Education reserving modules. More and more young 10 million adults Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean said it is the co-production TV series with David so they can Awards 2010. students see the OU’s flexibility, enabling across the UK who OU’s mission to open access to education for Attenborough. them to learn and earn, as an attractive have never used everyone using technology and the vast continue to deliver The partnership was set up to increase alternative to traditional university. resources online. www.open.ac.uk/study the internet, almost a high standard of participation in education among public sector workers. Jeremy Roche, Dean of Health and Jennifer Turl, aged 24, completed her half are from As well as producing a range of ‘How to’ public services.” Social Care at the OU, said widening access geography degree with the OU in 2011. With videos on developing IT skills and developing to education was at the heart of the OU’s four A’s at A level she turned down a place at socially excluded animation shorts introducing students to Dave Prentis, mission. “Working together with UNISON we a traditional university so that she could groups. The OU’s subjects such as ‘what is an online library?’, General Secretary, UNISON have been able to extend our reach further.” combine work and study. “It meant I could mission is to open the OU has donated redundant IT equipment Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, work while studying to fund myself and avoid to AgeUK and other organisations. A said he was delighted the partnership had crippling debt. It was the best decision I ever access to education competition on the OU community website been recognised. made,” she said. to everyone and Platform to find ‘digital champions’ for the campaign attracted 11,000 reads. our teaching provides students Opening doors to less confident learners with the IT skills to With 18,000 people registered on the OU’s help them learn Openings, access and taster modules, effectively using programmes aimed at easing less confident learners into study are growing from strength technology and to to strength. access the vast Designed to teach study skills and build resources online.” Image: Thinkstock confidence, modules are often linked to TV Martin Bean, broadcasts or current hot topics, in order to Vice-Chancellor, reach and engage those who might not have The Open University even considered higher education. Support is key for Tim “I have access to the Disabled own space and my own time Student Ambassador Jagjit Ambassador Jagjit Kaur was to my children and given me Registered blind, Tim Musson Students’ Allowance for some and provides the support which gives back to the OU persuaded to enrol with the OU the confidence to talk to others. says he was in the minority at equipment and to create an allows me to do so,” he said. The Open University’s Student by her daughter and follow her Being an ambassador is a way work – but that was because accessible version of tables, Ambassador Scheme enlists dream to be a teacher. of giving something back.” he did not have a degree. In charts and pictures from text More about OU Services for current students to offer Describing the OU as “the 2009 he began an OU Business books,” he said. “I can’t high- Disabled Students: guidance, experience and family I never had”, Jagjit says Studies degree. “I felt it would light enough how good the http://www.open.ac.uk/ reassurance to those she wants her experience to give me a bit more credibility at Associate Lecturers are. disability/ considering signing up but inspire others: “Studying with work,” said the financial risk lacking in confidence. the OU has brought me closer specialist, registered blind “I like the fact the OU allows since he was three. me to study very flexibly in my 32 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 33


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    Global Partnerships The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Global Partnerships Child health a priority for OU and WHO The Open University and the World Health Organization have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to address some of the world’s urgent health needs – in particular those relating to child and maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership will build on work the OU is currently doing with WHO, UNICEF and local agencies in Ethiopia to upgrade rural community health workers’ knowledge and skills through the Health Education and Training programme (HEAT). “We want to work International conferences at Walton Hall Delegates from Nigeria, Ghana, China, with colleagues Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India and Brazil were from all over the among those attending the first International Perspectives on the Development of Distance world, to get Learning Colloquium at The Open University. better ideas, share The event, in April 2011, was hosted by We are delivering our expertise, but eSTEeM, the joint Science and Mathematics, Computing and Technology (MCT) Faculties also to share their Initiative, with Open University Worldwide to our mission ideas about what foster international collaboration in e-learning. on a global scale is effective Image: Thinkstock Image: Thinkstock learning.” Professor Steve Swithenby, eSTEeM director (Science) As well as extensive partnerships with business the more places. A flavour of the ways in which these Scottish government aspiring to become primary OU continues to partner governments, educational partnerships enable us to expand and extend our social supports teacher training in school teachers. TESSA is Malawi currently supporting school- institutions, NGOs and a host of other agencies to share mission appears in the following pages. More women in Malawi will be based training of more than our expertise and technologies to reach more people in able to train to teach thanks to 400,000 teachers in 12 African a £400,000 award from the countries. In 2011 the project Scottish Government to the received an award from the OU-led Teacher Education in World Innovation Summit for Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Education (WISE) for its project. The grant will fund “outstanding quality and… 1,000 scholarships for women exceptional impact”. 34 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 35


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    Global Partnerships The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Development Office We are working with Validation by the OU has international appeal There are more than 30 Approved Institutions, many of them outside the UK, approved by the OU to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University Validated Awards. our supporters to Through its partnerships, the OU validates awards which have a parity of esteem with deliver our mission awards offered throughout higher education. Validation arrangements are managed through Open University Validation Services (OUVS). OUVS validates around 300 programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level and to date more than 100,000 students have achieved an OU Validated Award. Mobile learning methods boost teacher EIA is a £50 million, nine-year programme confidence funded by the UK Department for International Teachers in Bangladesh are speaking and Development to help 25 million Bangladeshis teaching English more confidently thanks to develop English language skills using the English in Action (EIA) programme in innovative methods including mobile phones which The Open University has a leading role and iPods with speakers. delivering language learning via mobile technologies. There are 50 million mobile phone users in Bangladesh and learning content can be During a fact-finding visit to schools in 2011 delivered for less than the price of a cup of tea. Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Secretary Students were enjoying learning English and of the Bangladesh Ministry of Education, was a much higher degree of interaction was told teachers and their students use more taking place between them, teachers told the English in the classroom than ever before. Secretary – in English. OU has global research links Biotechnology, Italy; Stowers The Open University is extremely grateful to the and organisations chose to make a philanthropic OU research has worldwide Institute for Medical Research, individuals, organisations, trusts and foundations who, contribution or bequest to the University last year. A full reach, including partnerships Kansas (pictured left); Wellcome with Affiliated Research Trust tropical medicine between them, contributed £2.4 million during 2010/11 list of donors is available at Centres (ARCs). ARCs register research programmes in to support the OU’s work in widening access to education http://www.open.ac.uk/donors their students for OU research Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya; in the UK and across the globe. In total, 8,500 people degrees. They include world- the Architectural Association’s renowned organisations such School of Architecture; and the as the International Centre for British Antarctic Survey. Genetic Engineering and 36 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 37


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    Development Office The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Development Office Thank you to our supporters Open to people Open to methods The agreement builds on the OU’s successful The OU was delighted to receive a number of The African Medical Research Foundation collaboration with AMREF in Ethiopia. The generous donations to support our work (AMREF) and The Open University signed a partnership will enable the HEAT programme, enabling access for all to high-quality high-level agreement to work in partnership which has a particular focus on maternal and education. Supporters include the Open for the development and implementation of child health, to achieve its aspiration of University Students' Educational Trust (OUSET), health education and training for mid-level reaching hundreds of thousands of health which made a donation of £100,000 to and community health workers in Africa. workers who are delivering crucial health support future OU students. This gift is worth The two organisations will draw on their services to millions of people in remote areas “I decided to £133,000 to the OU thanks to a Government- existing expertise and commitment to in sub-Saharan Africa. matched funding scheme. Below, is a improving health and health care in Africa. www.open.ac.uk/africa/heat/ retrain for a snapshot of the many ways in which this career that would partnership is making a difference. give me work opportunities in Open to places Image: Thinkstock The OU received a grant of $750,000 from a my local area once group of charitable foundations, including the my son began Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to improve the staying-on rates among poorer students in school. I am US community colleges. extremely grateful In the United States, only 26 per cent of Closer to home, the OU is working with for the financial low-income students who enrol at community local partners in some of Ireland’s most support that I have colleges successfully gain bachelors degrees. disadvantaged communities to help people The OU’s Open Learning: Bridge to Success take their first step towards realising their received which project offers free and open content to provide potential through higher education. Money has created developmental support to students at risk of from donations is enabling the OU to offer Image: Alfredo Caliz/ Panos dropping out of college – and draws on the some students free places on the University’s opportunities and OU’s vast experience of engaging non- Openings programme – modules especially given me a life of traditional students in higher education, working designed to ease adults into higher-level in collaboration with community colleges and study while building confidence and learning my own.” US universities. study skills. Sue, OU student management practices on “Due to my disabilities I was given extra Open to ideas Donations are helping to fund floodplain meadows, and More stories support. Not only does this help people about those who benefit research into the restoration of monitor and promote one of the UK’s most important successful restoration like me to move forward and pursue their from donor support is habitats. The ‘Floodplain methods – helping to restore available at goals; it also gives hope, encouragement www.open.ac.uk/giving Meadows Partnership: damaged sites and increase Safeguarding their Future’, led the number of these vital and opportunity to people who would by the OU, aims to understand wildlife habitats. otherwise go without.” the impact of current Charlene, OU student 38 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 39


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    Development Office The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 OU at a glance We welcome your support The OU at a glance 1,700,000 Legacies Mervyn Pitman Vice-Chancellor’s Circle Vice-Chancellor’s Gold The University is very grateful The University was the sole We value all donations to Circle donations 2010/11 to the ever-growing number beneficiary of the estate of support the OU’s work. The 29th May 1961 Charitable of alumni, friends and staff the late Mervyn Pitman. Donors giving more than Trust; Mr H Brown; Comino students since 1969 who choose to support the Mr Pitman was an OU £1,000 in a year are invited to Foundation; EDUCAUSE; OU with a gift in their will. In alumnus and left more than become part of the Vice- The David and Elaine Potter 2010/11, the OU received £440,000 to the University. Chancellor’s Circle and donors Foundation; Open University £925,000 from legacies. In His support will be used to of over £5,000 become part Students Educational Trust; addition, a further 200 people ensure that students can of the Vice-Chancellor’s Mr M Ellis; Esmée Fairbairn have informed the University that they have remembered benefit from an OU education whatever their background. Gold Circle. Foundation; Mrs J Hunt; Mr F Neale; Mrs Y Perret; 75% 16,300 it in their will. Robert Beevers Dr Beevers was one of The Open University’s founding generation. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor’s Circle donations 2010/11 Mr G Ahier; Mr & Mrs M Bean; The Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation; The Shears Charitable Foundation; Ulster Garden Villages Ltd; The Waterloo Foundation. 43% of OU students have studying at postgraduate level as the first Director of Studies in 1969 and, as the University’s Dr A Cieslakowska; Mrs P Clayton; Dr D Day; A full list of donors is available at www.open.ac.uk/donors 264,000 100 companies have one A level or less on first Director of Regional and Tutorial Services, was responsible for creating an Dr J Drysdale; Lord and Lady Gough; The H & J Visram Foundation; Lord Haskins; currently studying with the OU – of which sponsored employees on OU modules entry 61,000 current OU students 31 effective team of colleagues Mr P Hewitt; Mrs L Hodgson; working with each other and Mr K Hydon; Mr I Johnson; 18,000 overseas and with other agencies across the UK. Mrs C Kakembo; Ms K Knowles; Ms C McEwen; 40,000 on validated programmes Over 70% receiving financial help £ £ £ £ £ £ £ £ Dr D McGibney; Mrs J Murphy; At his death, Dr Beevers Ms L Powers-Freeling; of OU students generously left £200,000 to Mr P Prior; Mrs S Shean; working while support OU graduates Mr N Sparks; Mr M Steen; studying 13 engaged in research towards Professor M Stuart; Mr P Todd; – average age of our the award of an OU higher Weinbren Charitable Trust; new undergraduate 23 degree. and two anonymous donors. students national and regional Supporting us to support opportunity for all centres and 12,467 • To make a donation to the University please visit www.open.ac.uk/giving • To learn more about remembering the OU in a will 350 study centres Over 29,000 students are under 25 OU students have disabilities place rise in the last Research Assessment Exercise to ensure a place in the top third of UK universities please visit www.open.ac.uk/legacies 40 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 41


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    Financial information The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Financial information Financial highlights 2010/11 Results for the year Year Ended Year Ended The Group’s results are summarised in the Financial Highlights number of full-time equivalent staff. A further £1.9 million of 31 July 2011 31 July 2010 on page 42. the increase is as a result of early retirement and severance £m £m payments. The balance of £3.1 million arose from an increase Results, cash flows, assets and reserves Total income increased by £20.4 million or 5% to £470.5 million. and change in mix in full-time and part-time staff. Funding body grants 257.8 244.0 Funding body grants increased by £13.8 million or 6% to Other (non-pay) operating expenses, excluding depreciation Tuition fees and education contracts 164.0 156.7 £257.8 million. The recurrent grant from the Higher Education and interest, decreased by £1.5 million or 1% to £136.1 million. Research grants and contracts 15.6 17.0 Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was £189.5 million and Other income 29.2 29.1 represented 86% of all recurrent grants from the various funding The net result was a surplus before tax and exceptional items Endowment and investment income 3.9 3.3 bodies. It decreased by £1.7 million or 1% from the total of for the year of £47.3 million compared to £25.5 million last £191.2 million in 2009/10. Recurrent grants from other funding year. In addition, exceptional items, comprising £0.7 million Total income 470.5 450.1 bodies increased by £0.6 million from the total in 2009/10 to relating to a refund of VAT from Her Majesty’s Revenue and £30.9 million. Specific grants increased by £15.1 million to Customs and £1.1 million relating to the sale of an office Total expenditure 423.2 424.6 £31.9 million. This increase comprised a one-off grant from building, increased the surplus after the exceptional items to HEFCE of £20.6 million, partially offset by decreases in £49.1 million (year ended 31 July 2010, £26.1 million). Surplus for the year before taxation and exceptional items 47.3 25.5 specific grants from all funding bodies totalling £5.5 million. The 2010/11 surplus as a percentage of income was 10%. Fee income increased by £7.3 million or 5% to £164.0 million. This highly creditable result was due to a combination of Net cash flow from operating activities 55.9 29.2 The bulk of the increase was in respect of fees paid by students, factors affecting both income and expenditure. The major Net returns on investments and servicing of finance 4.7 3.3 or on their behalf by their employers, in the United Kingdom, improvement in income arose from the receipt of the University which increased by £7.8 million to £141.6 million. The overall Modernisation Fund from HEFCE. In addition, cost increases Net cash flow before investing activities and tax 60.6 32.5 increase results from a combination of general fee inflation and were held at a much lower rate than the increase in income, the increase in full-time equivalent students referred to on due to a programme to reduce costs over an extended period Fixed assets 172.8 182.4 page 42. to meet cuts in teaching grant as a result of the previous Endowment assets 0.5 0.4 Government’s decision to end funding for students in England Net current assets 191.5 78.4 Income from research grants and contracts decreased by studying for ‘equivalent or lower qualifications’ to those they £1.4 million or 8% to £15.6 million, due to decreased value of already hold and the coalition Government’s stated intention to Total assets less current liabilities 364.8 261.2 work funded from Research Councils and other sources. reduce the public expenditure deficit. Other income increased by £0.1 million to £29.2 million. Endowment and investment income increased by £0.6 million or The early commencement of expenditure reductions allows Total reserves 215.2 166.1 18% to £3.9 million as a result of increased balances invested. costs to be cut in a measured way so as to ensure that the quality of service to students is maintained and has the Other key statistics Expenditure decreased by £1.4 million or less than 1% to beneficial effect of increasing the University’s reserves at a £423.2 million. time of such great uncertainty, which will allow time to deal Number of full-time equivalent students 85,704 84,253 with any unexpected revenue reductions. Total staff costs increased by £1.4 million or 1% to £276.6 million. Total number of students 256,674 264,616 £2.7 million of this increase resulted from nationally negotiated For a full understanding of the University’s financial position pay awards and progression of staff up incremental pay please refer to the audited financial statements, which can be Percentage of students satisfied with the quality of their module 93% 93% scales, offset by a £6.3 million saving from reductions in the found at www.open.ac.uk/foi/p3_1.shtml (taken from the respondents to the National Student Survey) 42 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 43


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    Where we are The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Where we are How to contact us For enquiries on how to support The Open University in London The Open University in the East Midlands The Open University in Wales The Open University: 1–11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town Clarendon Park, Clumber Avenue 18 Custom House Street The Open University Development Office London NW1 8NP Sherwood Rise Cardiff CF10 1AP Jim Burrows Building Tel: +44 (0)20 7485 6597 Nottingham NG5 1AH Tel: +44 (0)29 2047 1019 Walton Hall Fax: +44 (0)20 7556 6196 Tel: +44 (0)115 962 5451 Fax: +44 (0)29 2038 8132 Milton Keynes Email: london@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)115 971 5575 Email: wales@open.ac.uk MK7 6AA Email: east-midlands@open.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1908 653786 The Open University in the South The Open University in Scotland Fax: +44 (0)1908 638145 Foxcombe Hall, Boars Hill The Open University in the East of England 10 Drumsheugh Gardens Email: fundraising@open.ac.uk Oxford OX1 5HR Cintra House, 12 Hills Road Edinburgh EH3 7QJ www.open.ac.uk/giving Tel: +44 (0)1865 327000 Cambridge CB2 1PF Tel: +44 (0)131 226 3851 Fax: +44 (0)1865 736288 Tel: +44 (0)1223 364721 Fax: +44 (0)131 220 6730 For student enquiries in the UK: Email: south@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)1223 355207 Email: scotland@open.ac.uk Student Registration and Enquiry Service Email: east-of-england@open.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)845 300 6090 The Open University in the South East The Open University in Ireland Lines are open (UK time) St James’s House, 150 London Road The Open University in Yorkshire 110 Victoria Street 08.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday East Grinstead RH19 1HG 2 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Belfast BT1 3GN 09.00 to 17.00 Saturday Tel: +44 (0)1342 327821 Leeds LS1 6ED Telephone: +44 (0)28 9024 5025 Email: general-enquiries@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)1342 317411 Tel: +44 (0)113 244 4431 Fax: +44 (0)28 9053 6208 www.open.ac.uk/nextstep Email: south-east@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)113 234 1862 Email: ireland@open.ac.uk Email: yorkshire@open.ac.uk For student enquiries in the The Open University in the South West Republic of Ireland: 4 Portwall Lane The Open University in the North West Enquiry and Advice Centre in Dublin Bristol BS1 6ND 351 Altrincham Road, Sharston Tel: +353 (01)678 5399 or Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9641 Manchester M22 4UN The Open University in Ireland Fax: +44 (0)117 988 8067 Tel: +44 (0)161 998 7272 Tel: +353 (0)28 9024 5025 Email: south-west@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)161 945 3356 Email: ireland@open.ac.uk Email: north-west@open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk/nextstep The Open University in the West Midlands 66 High Street, Harborne The Open University in the North For student enquiries in other Birmingham B17 9NB Abbots Hill, Baltic Business Quarter EU countries and Switzerland: Tel: +44 (0)121 426 1661 Gateshead NE8 3DF Tel: +44 (0)191 4776100 Fax: +44 (0)121 427 9484 Tel: +44 (0)191 477 6100 Email: europe@open.ac.uk Email: west-midlands@open.ac.uk Fax: +44 (0)191 202 6968 www.open.ac.uk/nextstep Email: north@open.ac.uk 44 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 45


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    Where we are The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 The Open University | Annual Report 2010/11 Foreword One university four nations The OU in Scotland The first bespoke OpenLearn unit, Gaelic in Modern Scotland, is launched at the Scottish Parliament The OU in Ireland More than 7,500 students are The OU in supported by 61 staff Wales The OU in and 348 part-time tutors with offices in BBC News presenter Huw Edwards films England Belfast and Dublin The Story of Wales, The Walton Hall the first direct campus hosts visits collaboration between by hundreds of the the OU in Wales and OU’s first students – Image: The mace of The Open University machined from a single block of titanium BBC Cymru Wales the original ‘pioneers’ Council Membership Ex officio members Appointed members Laura Murphy Brian Larkman Dr Toby O’Neil Shonaig Macpherson Lord Christopher Haskins, Dr Sharon Ding Peter Mantle Pro-Chancellor (Chair) Sue Dutton Co-opted members Ros McCool Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor Dr Isobel Falconer Ruth Spellman Michael Steen, Treasurer Professor Joyce Fortune Howard Brown Professor William Stevely (Vice-Chair) Marianne Cantieri, President of the Dr Meg Hopkins Edward Briffa Open University Students’ Association Rob Humphreys Dr Anthony Freeling Dr Christina Lloyd Claire Ighodaro 46 The OU – where we are www.open.ac.uk www.open.ac.uk The OU – where we are 47 3


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    The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes Tel: +44 (0) 1908 274066 MK7 6AA Fax: +44 (0) 1908 653744 United Kingdom www.open.ac.uk Copyright © The Open University 2011 Produced by the Communications Unit of The Open University, December 2011 For further information, please contact: Lucian J. Hudson, Director of Communications, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA Tel: +44 (0) 1908 585213 Email: lucian.hudson@open.ac.uk The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (number RC 000391), an exempt charity in England and Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (number SC 038302) SUP017689


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