Olga was a great ambassador for the OU and has played a role in supporting and promoting the university for many years as well as encouraging countless numbers to study. It was for this contribution she was awarded an honorary Master of The Open University in 2009 at the age of 90.
Olga became a student in 1971 and promptly established contact with other students. This early informal social group later became the official Open University Students Association. In the late 1970s, Olga tried to bring about a similar federation of OU graduates but was not immediately successful. She did not, however, give up. In 1986, Olga became Chairman of the Steering Group which was set up to explore the creation of a graduates’ association. Olga was elected as the first Chairman of the new AOUG in 1989.
Since then she has inspired numerous people to study at the OU and subsequently work with or stay in touch with their University graduates’ association. Furthermore, Olga has been instrumental in many of the association’s landmark achievements, including the first editions of the association’s publications OMEGA and Journal. Olga has also represented OU graduates on University Council for five years and the University externally in many different forums.
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