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 preview image for Open Forum 10 1971General assembly at Cranfield Institute of Technology, discusses consultative committees, the...1971
video preview image for Open Forum 6 1971Discussion on student participation. Outlines structure of University required under the Charter,...1971
video preview image for Open Forum 9A (1973)Installation of Lord Gardiner as Chancellor and the Graduation Ceremony.23 June 73
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 preview image for Open Forum 1 (1973)Lord Gardiner speaks about his role as Chancellor. Excerpts from the Mace Ceremony with film shots...1973
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 2 (1975)Jennie Lee's OU staff club lecture on the early history of The Open University.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 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 3 (1975)The first edition of Open Forum that was broadcast in colour. A brief look at areas of the Walton...1975
video preview image for Open Forum 24: OUSA lecture 1977Sir Harold Wilson's 1977 OUSA lecture at York University.22 October 77
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 Countdown to the Open University 1 (1981)An introduction to The Open University, including interviews with Lord Perry, Brian Broombridge,...1978
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 Degree of Success 10 Years of the OU1979
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 Open Forum 44: 10th anniversary congregationHighlights from the 10th anniversary degree congregation at the Guildhall, including the...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 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 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 81 (1983): Meet the Vice ChancellorThe Vice Chancellor addresses new students, illustrated by extracts from previous Open Forum...1983
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 preview image for Open Forum 119 (1987)This programme looks at how the spread of home computers has opened new opportunities for teaching...01 March 87
video preview image for Open Forum 132 (1988): Magazine programme 5The Open University looks ahead to the year 2000 and the role Information Technology courses will...1988
video preview image for Open Forum 128 (1988)The first of the new look Open Forum programmes looking at New Technology: teaching by Interactive...07 February 1988
video preview image for Open Forum 1993 April EditionUser friendly guide to computing, impact of multi-media formats used in OU courses. A look at...04 April 1993
video record Blithering NonsenseA look back over the past 25 years at the history of The Open University, includes footage of the...1994
video preview image for Honorary graduate Michael FurmstonProfessor Michael Furmston received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University for his work in...19 June 2010
video preview image for OU Degree ceremony in BirminghamBehind the scenes at an OU degree ceremony in 2010, hosted in Birmingham. Graduates share their...19 June 2010
video preview image for Honorary graduate Simon BatesBroadcaster Simon Bates received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University for services to the...19 June 2010
video preview image for OU Degree ceremony at Ely, 2010A chat with Gary Hoskins ahead of the OU degree ceremony at Ely Cathedral. Gary achieved a BSc...05 June 2010
video record Ely degree ceremony 2011 Part 1A compilation of students comments and footage of the Ely degree ceremony 2011.04 June 2011
video preview image for Ely degree ceremony 2011 Part 304 June 2011
video preview image for Ely degree ceremony 2011 Part 4Graduates at the OU's degree ceremony at Ely Cathedral (June 2011) talk about how study has changed...04 June 2011
video preview image for Ely degree ceremony 2011 Part 2The story of Emily Chapman, 89, graduating at Ely Cathedral (June 2011). She started doing Open...04 June 2011
video preview image for It's never too late to learn: Barbican 2012She'd always wanted a degree and now she's got one. Annette shares her story from the OU's Barbican...31 March 2012
video preview image for What graduates would say to those thinking of studying with the OUGraduates at the OU's degree ceremony held at The Barbican, London, give advice to anyone thinking...14 September 2012
video preview image for The OU changes careers: Barbican 201231 March 2012
video preview image for A new career, a new life: Barbican 2012Claire Trease made the decision to change career and the OU helped her get there. Here she reports...31 March 2012
video preview image for Student from Switzerland gets OU PhDJorg Burgi travelled from his home in Switzerland to graduate at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, in...05 October 2012
video preview image for Celebration of success, an OU degree ceremony: Barbican 2012Meet some of the OU's graduates at the Barbican degree ceremony, London, in March 2012 as they talk...31 March 2012
video preview image for Student blogger Carrie Walton graduatesOU student blogger Carrie Walton chats to camera on the day of her graduation at Manchester's...05 October 2012
video preview image for Don't let dyslexia hold you back: Barbican 2012Labelled stupid at school, one OU graduate Julia Sudbury talks about the support she received for...31 March 2012
video preview image for How OU study helped triple my salaryGordon MacKay left the Royal Navy with no qualifications but after dipping in and out of OU study...2012
video preview image for OU graduates share their top study tipsGraduates at the OU's degree ceremony held at The Barbican, London, in September 2012, share their...14 September 2012
video preview image for The OU saved my life: Barbican 201231 March 2012
video preview image for London degree ceremony, Saturday 20 September 15:00A recording of the Open University degree ceremony afternoon session held at the Barbican Centre,...20 September 2014
video preview image for London degree ceremony, Friday 19 September 10:45A recording of the Open University degree ceremony morning session held at the Barbican Centre,...19 September 2014