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Dr Liz Marr

Liz has worked in UK Higher Education for almost 30 years, as a lecturer for 20 years and more latterly as part of the senior management of the Open and responsibility for  the University’s Access curriculum, Open Programme, MA online and distance education (MAODE), Academic Professional Development, the development of research and scholarship in the areas of widening access and inclusion and overall responsibility for the University’s UK and international validation partnerships, including private and alternative providers. She is an editorial board member of Learning and Teaching in the International Social Sciences.

Liz has a long history of engagement with the widening participation agenda in the UK, initially through the Aimhigher programme and then through Lifelong Learning Networks. She joined the OU as Director of the Centre for Widening Participation and has since overseen the complete embedding of widening access and success activity across the whole institution, with a principal focus on adult and part time learners. She is currently interim PVC-Students at the OU, President of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Chair of the UK Action on Access Forum, and Executive member of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.

Selected publications

Marr, Elizabeth. (2018). Adult Learning, Social Mobility and Social Justice: A view from the UK. Making Room for Adults, 2018 (5) pp. 61-79.

McKendry, Stephanie; Marr, Liz and Butcher, John. (2018). Editorial - Writing Together: Practitioners, Academics and Policy Makers. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 20 (3) pp. 1-6.

Marr, Liz and Butcher, John (2018). Learning Through Life Revisited: The Role of Policy in Enhancing Social Mobility Through Access to Part-Time Study. In: Billingham, Stuart eds. Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education: A Curate's Egg Rotterdam: Emerald Books, pp. 51-65.

Müller, Romina; Remdisch, Sabine; Köhler, Katharina; Marr, Liz; Repo, Saara and Yndigegn, Carsten. (2015). Easing access for lifelong learners: a comparison of European models for university lifelong learning. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 34 (5) pp. 530-550.