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Administration and governance of the OU, including our formal structure, Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor.

Ceremonial mace at an Open University graduation ceremony

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Martha Lane Fox, Chancellor of The Open University

Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor

The role and career of the current OU Chancellor, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, and the current OU Pro-Chancellor, Richard Gillingwater.

Executive team

Members of The Open University’s senior management team, and their roles and departmental responsibilities.


charter mark

Governance at the OU

Governance at the University as set out in its Royal Charter.

More about The Open University

Jennie Lee Building at Walton Hall

Nations, faculties & research

The OU in the UK nations and a directory of The Open University’s faculties and research centres.

Open University students at a graduation ceremony in Milton Keynes


The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. Read about how we deliver it.