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31 Jan 2012

The Open University appoints new Dean

The Open University has appointed Professor Rebecca Taylor as Dean of its Business School and Law School.

Professor Taylor was previously Associate Dean at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and has extensive experience within the business education sector. She has a PhD in Economics and has directed several HEFCE-funded projects related to the development and dissemination of online teaching and learning resources for Economics and the wider Social Sciences. Professor Taylor is also an Associate Director of the Economics Network at the University of Bristol and has worked with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across the Social Sciences.

The Open University Business School is one of the world’s leading business schools, recognised for the high quality of its programmes and teaching which are supported by cutting edge management and legal research.

Professor Taylor, Dean of The Open University Business School and Law School, said: “I feel very privileged to have joined the University and to be part of such an innovative team, dedicated to inspiring students worldwide to achieve their career ambitions. Since starting in the role, I have been impressed by the School’s study method of practice-based, action learning that ensures what you learn today, you can put into practice tomorrow. This is especially evident in our newly-updated MBA programme, which is equipping students with the skills and experience to contribute straightaway to the success of their employers.

“I look forward to building on the School’s strong record of success, welcoming new students, forging new relationships with business and working more closely with our loyal and enthusiastic alumni.”

The Open University Business School is one of the 56 elite triple-accredited business schools worldwide (December 2011).The MBA was rated 4th in the UK and 9th in the world by The Economist (2010) and has resulted in 22,300 successful MBAs.

Editor's Notes
The Open University Business School is a world leader in modern flexible learning and the pioneer of teaching methods that enable people to change their life goals, studying at times and in places convenient to them.

The Open University Business School is one of a select group of schools worldwide accredited by the three leading international accrediting bodies – AACSB, AMBA, EFMD/ EQUIS. It is the only triple-accredited business school that specialises in flexible learning and is home to 22,300 successful MBAs. Its MBA programme offers residential schools and face-to-face and collaborative learning options.

The MBA programme was rated 4th in the UK and 9th in the world by The Economist in 2010 and was ranked 5th in the executive education, training and development category by Superbrands in 2011.
The Open University Business School is also home to the Open University Law School offering amongst its programmes an LLB (Hons) – a qualifying law degree in England and Wales- in collaboration with The College of Law and a masters degree in law (LLM).

It is also one of the top three UK universities for student satisfaction.

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