At a ceremony on 27 April The Open University collected four prestigious Learning on Screen awards for recent BBC television co-productions and for video materials produced for new courses. Presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE, television presenter and Professor of Maths at Oxford University, the awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research.
The Love of Money, a three-part series for BBC2 which explored the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing global recession, scooped the General Education Broadcast award and the premier award for Best Overall Film at the ceremony. Saving Britain’s Past, a seven-part documentary presented by The Times architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, was recognised with the Special Jury Award.
Accepting the OU/BBC co-production awards Sally Crompton, Head of the Open Broadcasting Unit at The Open University, said: “It is wonderful to celebrate the power of television and the success of The Open University and the BBC partnership. The academic expertise of the University combined with the production values of the BBC still provide a very important way to reach millions of people and sustain their interest for an hour in key topics such as the banking crisis or our heritage. For many, it’s not only a programme they have enjoyed watching, but a first step in following that interest further and taking up a course.”
The Open University’s course production was also recognised at the ceremony with the films Opium: Culture, Wars, Markets winning the Course and Curriculum-Related Content award. These films explore opium in its many forms, legal and illegal, and its impact on both the local and global stage to provide an introduction for the new Crime and Justice course (DD301).
The awards took place during the Learning on Screen Conference which was held in Milton Keynes on 27-28 April.