Archive for September, 2010

Sesame opens

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Launched on 8 May 1972 this publication was sent to all students (about 35,000 of them) and staff (about 5,000 people). It was designed to be a news service and the first issue carried a piece by Ray Thomas about who was using the OU and why. It was revealed that there was an interim editorial advisory group chaired by Michael Drake. Professor Drake said: ‘It must be more than a vehicle for student outrage or Walton Hall pap. It has got to be be seen to be independent’. It was predated by Open House ‘a weekly journal of news, views and information for and by the staff of the Open University’ which was launched in March 1970.

Forthcoming conference. VOLUNTEERING AND SOCIAL ACTION: 1880-1990: call for papers

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010


Toynbee Hall, London | 25 November 2010 | 10.30-4.30 (more…)

Seminar series

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Forthcoming History of Education seminars to include contributions by Hilary Perraton and Dan Weinbren in Spring and Summer 2011. Seminars take place on  Thursdays at 5.30pm


Society Matters

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The final edition of the newspaper for all Social Sciences students and staff at The Open University, Society Matters, has been produced. Started in 1998 the end of Society Matters in this format signals a broader move across the OU towards electronic communication. Indeed a Society Matters Extra page of online material has been around for a few years. Assessing the impact of this trend towards greater reliance upon electronic communication and online learning will be part of The History Of The OU Project.