Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Tim BlackmanIt’s a great privilege to be Acting Vice-Chancellor at The Open University and to have such a talented team of Executive members and Deans working alongside me. Over the next few months my job is to ensure a smooth transition from Martin Bean to our new Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, without losing momentum as we meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. We all look forward to Peter taking up his post on 5th May 2015. 

I came to the OU in 2011 to take up the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Scholarship and Quality. I am immensely proud of our high quality research and courses both of which reflect a passion shared by our students and staff, to learn about and understand the world.

For over 40 years the OU has been providing flexible, part-time higher education across the UK and internationally so that our students can fulfil their potential to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others. Over 200,000 people from many different backgrounds study for qualifications with us, often combining study with work and family commitments, and millions more use our free learning resources and watch our TV programmes that we produce in partnership with the BBC.

I look forward with pride and enthusiasm to leading the OU over this interim period.

Professor Tim Blackman
Acting Vice-Chancellor


Peter Horrocks will take up his new postition as Vice-Chancellor of The Open University on Tuesday 5 May 2015. You can read more about the appointment in this news release.


For many of the OU’s students to date, their success story has culminated in the excitement and pride of a degree ceremony. Below, Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor 2009-2014, congratulates new graduates at the Milton Keynes ceremony in September 2014.

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