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Western governments and business be warned: security/liberty – the debate that won’t go away

There was never an end of ideology, even with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There is always ideology: it is just that some ideologies are worth preserving because they do the least harm, and even some good, in the … Continue reading

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“Strategic” is here to stay: LinkedIn survey on most used buzzwords

LinkedIn certainly knows how to have its cake and eat it. First, it develops an extraordinary network that keeps growing, by encouraging its users to promote their expertise and experience. And now bombards us with requests to “endorse” others (I’m … Continue reading

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The OU strengthens its network in China, signing a new deal

The OU has forged even closer links this week with its university network in China, including signing an agreement with the OU in China. Representing the UK’s largest university, and the one with the most experience in innovating learning, Martin … Continue reading

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UK China visit: Martin Bean on supporting learners through innovation

The Prime Minister is leading the largest ever UK trade delegation. The emphasis of the visit is promoting collaboration and partnership to take advantage of economic opportunities. By 2020, China will have a 600 million strong middle-class. The Open University’s … Continue reading

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State Creep, Surveillance and Snowden: reframing the debate

Two things happened this week: it is a safe bet that Sir David Omand will be elevated to the House of Lords within the next year, and his intervention in the Snowden row reveals just how concerned the powers-that-be are … Continue reading

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Boost to study engineering, technology & computer science, as ELQ policy is partially reversed

Martin Bean, the Vice-Chancellor, The Open University, has welcomed the Government’s decision to reverse partially the ELQ policy to support study in engineering, technology and computer science. This will create opportunities for students, and boost skills, contributing to economic growth. … Continue reading

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David Willetts, David Sainbury, Martin Bean on enabling state backing technology advance

Absolutely packed Policy Exchange meeting to hear Martin Bean, David Willetts, David Sainsbury. Backing technology through an enabling state is the big message I take away. MB says, “Proud that Government has announced partial reversal back on ELQ… Empower individuals … Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference 2013: Digital Innovation in Education, and Ed Miliband’s speech (photos)

I represent the OU every year at Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences. The first two photographs are taken from a joint fringe event held by the OU and IPPR on digital innovation in education, and feature Lord Adonis … Continue reading

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Review of “Noble”: Stephen Bradley’s masterpiece

My wife, Margaret, and I had the pleasure of seeing a “cast and crew” screening at the Curzon cinema this morning of Noble, a powerful film based on the life of the social campaigner Christina Noble. Noble by name, noble … Continue reading

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International student? Great @BBCWorld series Escape from the Boardroom @OUBSchool

There are two types of communications director. The first focuses almost exclusively on serving his or her political masters as their praetorian guard – the rest of the organisation, its customers and stakeholders are invariably the “them”, never the “us”. … Continue reading

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