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People and institutions

The Open University is credited to the ideas of Harold Wilson, the drive of Jennie Lee, and the skill of Walter Perry amongst many others. But millions of staff, students and others have played their part. This section looks at people individually and collectively as well as the institutional development of the University and its relationships with others.

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Sir Austin Bide (1915-2008) was Chair of the Open University's Visiting Committee appointed by the...

Personal stories

Being slightly disabled with Cerebral Palsy I never thought that I would gain a University Degree....

Working for The Open University at Walton Hall, in a regional or national centre, or as an Associate Lecturer. Add your story!

The evolving experience of studying at The Open University and its impact on students and their families. Add your story!

Margaret Thatcher visits as Education Secretary in 1973

The people who shaped The Open University's early years or have had a significant impact on its direction since.

Jennie Lee receives her honorary degree from Lord Gardiner

The evolving organisation, the influence of changing governments and policy and The Open University in British culture.