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It’s a great privilege to be the Vice-Chancellor of The Open University. The Open University has always put students first. Thousands of OU students complete their higher education journeys each year, helped on their way by the advice, inspiration and guidance of our Associate Lecturers and Student Support staff.Read more Peter Horrocks CBE, Vice Chancellor
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