Vice-Chancellor

Welcome to The Open University – the home of a unique learning experience.

For more than 40 years we’ve been helping people from across the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential. It doesn’t matter who you are or OU Vice-Chancellor Martin Beanwhere you’re from, when you left school or what you do for a living. Every year around 250,000 adults study with us to gain the qualifications that can transform their lives forever.

The OU has something for everyone, whichever rung of the learning ladder you find yourself on. Want to explore the world around you, but can’t commit to formal study? We have more than 11,000 hours of learning materials available, for free, right here on our website.

Not sure if higher education is for you? Why not try one of our entry-level Access modules to give you the study skills and confidence yoOu Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean at the Milton Keynes degree ceremony in September 2014u need?

Have plenty of business experience and want to take that next step up in your career? Our MBA is triple accredited, putting it in the top one per cent worldwide.

And unlike most universities, you don’t have to put your life or career on hold while you study. Our flexible, part-time model means you can ‘earn while you learn’, fitting your university work around your daily routine.

We believe in giving everyone a chance, but we never compromise on standards. An OU education is a world-class education. That’s why we’re the UK’s number one university for student satisfaction. That’s why our research is top-50 rated.

The Open University is committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to the widest possible range of students. Higher education is a life-changing journey, and it’s a journey that you can start, today, on this website.

We’re open. Come on in.

Martin Bean


New Vice-Chancellor and Acting Vice-Chancellor appointed: December 2014

Peter Horrocks will take up the position of Vice-Chancellor from 5 May 2015. Peter is currently director of the BBC's World Service after a career with the corporation spanning over three decades.

Professor Tim Blackman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Quality), will take up the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor of The Open University at the end of 2014, when Martin Bean departs after five years to take on a new challenge.

Tim will work with Vice-Chancellor's Executive, Extended Leadership Team and Senior Team to lead the University during the transition to the new Vice-Chancellor.


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

Vice-Chancellor

The role of the Vice-Chancellor, and the career, activities and contact details of the current OU VC, Martin Bean.

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