Historical OU TV and Radio

The Open University has produced a number of series to inform students and a wider audience about the University. Series such as 'Open Forum' and 'Countdown to the OU' covered various topics such as methods of teaching, information about modules and guidance on areas such as summer schools. The OUDA Historical Television and Radio collection includes a small sample of the archive. The collection will grow as more contents are added.

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video record Open Forum 03(1971) : programme 3A discussion on how to study, levels of study and allocation of time.23 February 91
video record, no preview available for Why were we chosen as students? Why were we chosen as students?Naomi Sargant answers the question from a student "Why were we chosen as students?1971
video preview image for Open Forum 10(1971) : general Assembly at Cranfield Institute of TechnologyGeneral assembly at Cranfield Institute of Technology, discusses consultative committees, the...25 September 71
video preview image for Open Forum 6 1971Discussion on student participation. Outlines structure of University required under the Charter,...22 May 71
video preview image for Open Forum 10 1971General assembly at Cranfield Institute of Technology, discusses consultative committees, the...1971
video preview image for Open Forum 02 (1971) : Programme 2James Barber with part-time staff and students discusses the counselling service.26 January 71
video preview image for Open Forum 1 (1971)The first Open Forum programme includes the University Secretary's opening speech welcoming Open...1971
video record Open Forum 03(1972)The whole question of assessment, exams etc., is looked at in great detail.20 February 72
video record Open Forum 10(1972)A look with a student discussion at the developing role of the counsellor.20 September 72
video preview image for Open Forum 1 1972A look at Walton Hall, including student records, enquiries, computer area and correspondence...1972
audio record of Open Forum 20 (1973)Discussion with 2 of the 10 people who are to receive honorary doctorates of the University at the...1973
video record Open Forum 01(1973) ; programme 1Lord Gardiner speaks about his new role as Chancellor. There are excerpts from the Mace Ceremony...12 January 73
video preview image for Open Forum 1 (1973)Lord Gardiner speaks about his role as Chancellor. Excerpts from the Mace Ceremony with film shots...12 January 73
video record, no preview available for Lord Campbell interview Lord Campbell interviewInterview with Lord Campbell of Eskan, Chairman of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation about...1973
video preview image for Open Forum 7 (1973)Footage of laying the Library foundation stone including speeches by Walter Perry and Baroness Lee....1973
video record Open Forum 13 : Maths specialA discussion on the shortcomings and possible improvements in the maths foundation course.23 October 74
video record, no preview available for Honorary Degree Honorary DegreeIn 1974 Harold Wilson was awarded with an honorary degree at the Degree Ceremony that year. He was...1974
video record, no preview available for Interview InterviewHarold Wilson was interviewed immediately after receiving his honorary degree from the OU in 1974...1974
video preview image for Open Forum 1 (1975)The VC's message to students; reviewing progress so far; the role and importance of study centres;...1975
video preview image for Open Forum 2 (1975)Jennie Lee's OU staff club lecture on the early history of The Open University.1975
video preview image for Open Forum 7 (1975)A programme about women students and the difficulties some of them have faced juggling their...1975
video record, no preview available for Jennie Lee Jennie LeeIn a lecture to the OU in 1975, Jennie Lee gave her account of the creation of the OU and the...1975
video record Royal Institute of Chemistry centenary (1877-1977) programme 4 : 100 years on - contemporary chemists1977
video record, no preview available for University of the Air University of the AirIn a lecture given by Harold Wilson at the OUSA conference in 1977, he reflected on his initial...1977
video preview image for Open Forum 24: OUSA lecture 1977Sir Harold Wilson's 1977 OUSA lecture at York University.22 October 77
video record Degree Ceremony at Alexandra Palace (1978)1978
video record Open Forum 27(1978) : how to make the best use of TV programmesThis programme advises students on how to use the TV programmes with their studies.06 February 78
video record Open Forum 28(1978) : self help groupsA look, with examples, at self help groups, their form and function.27 February 78
video record Open Forum 29(1978) : degree of choiceA discussion on careers advice and counselling for OU students.13 March 78
video record Open Forum 33(1978) : students with handicapsThe programme interviews four students with particular problems - distance, isolation, payment of...17 July 78
video record Open Forum 38(1978) : Magnus Magnusson specialOn the eve of the 10th anniversary, this wide ranging discussion looks at the OU, its impact,...18 October 78
video preview image for Countdown to the Open University 1 (1981)An introduction to The Open University, including interviews with Lord Perry, Brian Broombridge,...1978
video preview image for Open Forum 41: The First Ten YearsFilm of notable events from the OU's early history. The contributors give their views on the OU's...1979
audio record of Impact of the OUInterviewed in 1979 at a Liverpool OUSA event, Harold Wilson talked about how important the OU was...1979
video preview image for Open Forum 42: Tomorrows OU worldThe programme considers the possible role of the following computer-assisted learning systems in...1979
video preview image for Open Forum 44: 10th anniversary congregationHighlights from the 10th anniversary degree congregation at the Guildhall, including the...1979
video preview image for Open Forum 45 (1979)Film of the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to the Open University Walton Hall campus....27 June 79
video preview image for Degree of Success 10 Years of the OU1979
video record, no preview available for The nature of OU students The nature of OU studentsNaomi Sargant describes the nature of the Open University student population, comparing 1979 with...1981
video preview image for Open Forum 76: Campus On CameraFilm of notable campus events in the Open University's history including the first building work,...1982
video preview image for Open Forum 77: Prince Charles' VisitFilm record of the visit of Prince Charles to the OU Campus in 1982 to open the Perry Building and...1982
video preview image for Countdown to the OU 1 (1983)A look at the early history of the Open University. Featuring an interview with John Horlock;...1983
video preview image for Open Forum 81 (1983): Meet the Vice ChancellorThe Vice Chancellor addresses new students, illustrated by extracts from previous Open Forum...1983
video record Open Forum 82 1983Extracts from the 1983 Graduate Press Conference, which concentrated on the OU in the international...01 February 83
video preview image for Open Forum 83 (1983)A look at the impact of new technology on OU teaching methods. The following are examined: video...1983
video record Open Forum 91(1984) ; Vice-Chancellor's forumStudents question the Vice Chancellor on a number of problems of concern to them.06 January 84
video record Open Forum 106(1985) : academic folliesHumorous lecture given by Professor Laurie Taylor to OUSA national conference.29 March 85
video record Open Forum 107(1985) : the robot revolutionRobot technology, its past, present day applications and future uses and implications for man.06 November 85
video record Open Forum 124(1987) : Preparing for examsAdvice given on how to revise for exams and shows proceedures for marking exam papers.09 September 87
video record Open Forum 125(1987) : The Open Lectures at Durham Summer SchoolRobin Wilson gave a lecture, with the aid of slides,on "Isaac Newton and his times" to mark the...10 November 87