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Admin and governance
The OU's governance structure was established in its Charter on 23 April 1969. There are three formal bodies: the Council, the Senate and General Assembly.
Lord Puttnam of Queensgate is the Open University's Chancellor, and Baron Haskins of Skidby our Pro-Chancellor.
The Vice-Chancellor is the academic and administrative head of the University. Martin Bean is the current Vice-Chancellor.
The Vice-Chancellor's executive team is responsible for key areas of University policy.
Freedom of information, intellectual property, accessibility, privacy and other Open University key policies and statements.