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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.

Walton Hall Office in Milton Keynes

Formal governance structure

Explanation of the structure and key statutory bodies of The Open University, the Council and the Senate, plus the OU Charter.

Executive team

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


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.