A note from the Vice‑Chancellor
Our Annual Report is a collection of stories, memories and highlights from this landmark year – our 50th anniversary.
And what an anniversary!
There’s been so much to celebrate: thousands of successful graduates, ground-breaking innovations in learning and teaching, and research that’s advanced the frontiers of what we know and understand.
The vision for the OU has inspired millions. At the heart of that vision is being open to people, places, methods and ideas.
For me, being open isn't just about our values. It’s a practical commitment to learning being enriched by the diversity of experience among our students and to an education that’s life transforming.
The OU is a great University but it’s also a movement for a better world. The motto on our shield, Learn and Live, is a call to action; action in a fast-changing technological age.
We use technology to enable people to put their human abilities to better use – the ability to learn, to apply that learning and to enjoy it!
But technology brings threats too: new social divides, ethical and security concerns, and huge environmental challenges. We should and do take on these issues through our research and teaching, and by using multiple channels to promote informed action among our students and the wider public.
That’s why growth is a priority. Without growth we’ll be failing in our mission. And we can grow in a way that’s both inclusive and sustainable.