24 May 2012

Open University programme Made in Britain wins ‘Best TV Programme of the Year’

BBC2 series Made In Britain, co-produced by The Open University and the BBC, was crowned ‘Best TV Programme of the Year’ in the prestigious 2011 Wincott Awards for Broadcasting announced today ( Thursday 24th May 2012).

The three-part show was presented by former BBC Economics Editor and presenter Evan Davis and looked at the British economy, asking what our country is good at. Evan Davis addressed the myth that Britain is no longer an industrial nation and revealed Britain as a manufacturing powerhouse, the seventh biggest in the world, with almost half our exports being manufactured goods including bikes, software, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cars and jet engines.

The OU academic consultants on the programme, which aired in June and July last year, were Dr Leslie Budd and Dr Matt Hinton. It is the third time an OU/BBC production has won in the Wincott Awards for Broadcasting, which recognise outstanding achievement in the field of economic, business and financial journalism. Love Of Money, the documentary series examining the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, received a Wincott Award in 2010. In 2007, the series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? was the first OU/BBC co-production to win the award.

Dr Leslie Budd, Reader in Social Enterprise, from the Open University Business School (OUBS) said: “We are delighted to hear that Made In Britain has won the best programme award. It is a great testament to the Open University and BBC partnership. OUBS academics provided academic advice, which made the quality of the series possible and demonstrated the public impact of our expertise”

After becoming Visiting Professor at the OUBs, presenter Evan Davis gave an inaugural lecture as on the Made In Britain series, which celebrated Britain’s achievements as the ‘workshop of the world’ and marked 100 years since the Empire Exhibition of 1911, 160 years since the Great Exhibition of 1851 and 60 years since the Festival of 1951.

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Notes to Editors
The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.7 million students and has more than 264,000 current students, including 18,000 overseas.
The OU has been one of the top three UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2010/11 it had a 93 per cent satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.
In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.
Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 21 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded over 50 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Life, Coast, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.

The Wincott Awards
The purpose of the Wincott Foundation’s annual press awards is to recognise outstanding achievement in the field of economic, business and financial journalism. The Wincott Awards for Broadcasting are given to programmes which are judged to have done most to encourage a wider public understanding of economic, financial and business issues, stories and concepts nationally and internationally.

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