27 Feb 2013

Open University appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching

Professor Belinda Tynan

Professor Belinda Tynan

The Open University (OU) has appointed Professor Belinda Tynan as new Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching.

Belinda, who takes up her post on Monday 15 April, joins the OU from the University of Southern Queensland, where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Quality. Prior to this, she held the role of Academic Director in the Faculty of The Professions at the University of New England, where she remains an adjunct Professor.

Belinda’s research, presentations and competitive funding has had a focus in open and distance education, academic practice and the use of technology in learning and teaching.

Welcoming Belinda to The Open University, Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Belinda has a long record of pioneering innovation in her work, and I’m absolutely thrilled that she will be joining us. Her passion for improving the student experience and her total belief in our core principles will make her a valuable addition to the University family, and I look forward to working with her in the months and years ahead.”

Belinda said: "I am proud to be joining The Open University. It is an exciting opportunity because the OU has been such a pioneer of innovation for learners across the globe who, for a variety of reasons, cannot attend a campus to pursue informal, formal and professional learning options. Being part of the team that creates ways in which to enable those opportunities and supports those learners is going to be humbling.”

Martin Bean also paid tribute to the outgoing Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC), Learning and Teaching, Alan Bassindale, saying: “Alan stepped up at a critical time for the University, and his work as Pro-Vice-Chancellor has been incredible. He led the way on crucial projects such as the launch of OU Anywhere and the restructuring of the PVC portfolios, both of which will keep delivering for the OU and its students long into the future.”

Editor’s Notes
1. Belinda completed her AMusA (Associate Diploma in Music, Australia) in Flute while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium. Her first academic position was at the School of Music at The University of Western Australia.

2. OU Anywhere, launched on 30 January 2013, is a free app for OU students starting level 1 and 2 modules, giving the option to download and access their core module textbooks, videos and other materials through mobile devices.

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