The OU Story

A brief exploration of the history of The OU using clips and images from the Archive. Includes the creation of the OU, the growth of the organisation, expansion and consolidation, the changing student experience and The OU today.

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video record Video What is OpenLearn?What is OpenLearn, and how can you use it to read articles, watch videos and study free courses?...2017
video preview image for Student applications 1970 Video Student applications 1970Views of the OU warehouse, printing and packing of OU materials. The narrator describes the number...1979
video preview image for Overseas visitors to the OU Video Overseas visitors to the OUVice Chancellor John Horlock describing overseas visitors to the OU in 1982.1983
video preview image for Open up the Future Video Open up the FutureOpen University Open up the Future campaign
video preview image for Open University Charter Image Open University CharterThe Open University Charter2013
video preview image for OU short courses Video OU short coursesMike Pentz describes one of the aims of the Open University is to contribute to the educational...1979
video preview image for John Scupham and the OU Advisory Committee Video John Scupham and the OU Advisory CommitteeJohn Scupham describes the role and purpose of the Advisory Committee set up by Jennie Lee in 1965...1983
video preview image for Jennie Lee Library foundation stone event Image Jennie Lee Library foundation stone eventBaronness Jennie Lee of Asheridge laying the foundation stone for the Open University's first...20 April 73
video preview image for Jennie Lee Video Jennie LeeShort interview clip of Jennie Lee speaking about setting up the Open University.1983
video preview image for Inventing ways of teaching Video Inventing ways of teachingProfessor Michael Pentz discusses the creation of the first Open University courses, including the...
video preview image for Introduction to D100 Video Introduction to D100Michael Drake introduces D100, the foundation course in social sciences.10 January 71
video preview image for Harold Wilson Video Harold WilsonFootage from Harold Wilson's 'University of the Air' speech given at the Labour Party Conference in...1963
video preview image for First OU graduation Video First OU graduationFootage from The Open University's first degree ceremony at Alexandra Palace in 1973, primarily the...1973
video preview image for First OU Programme Video First OU ProgrammeIn this opening clip from the very first Open Forum programme shown on television, the University...1971
video preview image for Defend the OU campaign Video Defend the OU campaignOU Vice Chancellor John Horlock describes how OUSA (the Open University Student's Association)...February 0031
video preview image for Construction of the OU Campus Video Construction of the OU CampusViews of the Open University campus during early building construction.1982
video preview image for Computing into the 1990s Video Computing into the 1990sIntroduction to Open Forum and a user's guide to computing.04 April 1993
video preview image for Computing in 1983 Video Computing in 1983Short clip describing the University's micro computing courses.1983
video preview image for Charter Ceremony Video Charter CeremonyShort clip from the Charter Ceremony held at the Royal Society in 1971, including footage from the...1979
video preview image for Chancellor of The Open University Video Chancellor of The Open UniversityBetty Boothroyd speaking about her role as Chancellor of The Open University2002
video record Video BBC OU Trailer 2017Showreels of OU/BBC co-produced programmes2017
video preview image for Asa Briggs and the OU Planning Committee Video Asa Briggs and the OU Planning CommitteeAsa Briggs discusses his work on The Open University Planning Committee in the late 1960s, chairing...1979
video preview image for Alexandra Palace Image Alexandra PalaceAn early 1970s photograph of Alexandra Palace: the front facade and radio mast.1973