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The OU engages with employers to support lifetime learning

The Open University has very employable students. More than 70% of its student combine work and study. As we campaign to show government and business the benefits of a more highly skilled workforce, the Financial Times has profiled one of … Continue reading

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How cross-sector collaboration can be a catalyst for social change: what’s the difference between action and activity?

Action is purposeful activity. I’ve read that if a cockroach’s head is decapitated, it’s possible the body continues to move for as long as a week. Does it make sense to speak of the actions of the said cockroach, or … Continue reading

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What Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump have in common

Strange juxtaposition, but that’s what I like: making connections. One reason for the seeming rise in popularity of two figures (who could not be further apart politically) is that they tap into an emerging reality of modern democratic politics: the … Continue reading

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Sir John Horlock: Thanksgiving Service

It was a great honour to attend a thanksgiving service for Sir John Horlock, The Open University’s second Vice-Chancellor. In their tributes, Tim Horlock, Sir John’s son, and Joe Clinch, past University Secretary at the OU and Sir John’s right-hand … Continue reading

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Citizens UK meets the Prime Minister for round-table at No.10

I joined a round-table discussion last week with the PM, and used it to highlight the PM’s support for the Holocaust Commission. The Liberal Judaism website story recognises David Cameron’s and Mick Davis’s contribution. http://www.liberaljudaism.org/news/1032-liberal-judaism-chair-tells-pm-diversity-of-our-communities-is-our-strength.html Citizens UK is an interesting … Continue reading

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Jewish Book Week: interview with Patrick Bishop

Last Sunday I interviewed military historian and former Daily Telegraph Middle-East correspondent, Patrick Bishop, on his latest book, The Reckoning. Admirable author, so well and scrupulously researched, yet with the gift to tell a compelling and thought-provoking story. I am … Continue reading

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Lest we forget: those who served

Whether it is World War 1, World War 2 or any other war or conflict, this is a year when the big upheavals of the last century have been at the forefront of our collective memory, as well as any … Continue reading

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Hester Vaizey’s new book

Hester Vaizey’s new book is one of a clutch of gripping reads reflecting on the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Other books will track exactly what happened, but this one captures individual case stories and brings to light – and … Continue reading

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OU Combined Communications Conference 2014

Every year, with the support of Marketing and Communications teams, I convene a conference bringing together colleagues from across The Open University to share our achievements and initiatives. This year we had a particularly high number of academics from across … Continue reading

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Canada honours Sir John Daniel, former Vice-Chancellor, The OpenUniversity

Sir John Daniel has been honoured for ‘advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’. He tells me that he is pleased because this has indeed been the focus of his career! To complete the … Continue reading

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