07 Feb 2014

The Open University’s Vice-Chancellor recognised for significant contribution to learning

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University has been recognised for his significant and lasting contribution to learning at a prestigious awards ceremony in London. As guest of honour at last night’s Learning Awards 2014, Martin Bean was presented with the ‘Colin Corder Award’ by the Learning and Performance Institute.

Established in 1995, the Learning and Performance Institute is one of the leading authorities in learning and development. The institute assesses the quality of corporate learning services, recognising outstanding achievement and exceptional abilities of individuals and organisations within the industry.

Martin, who has led the University as Vice-Chancellor since 2009, said:
“It is almost five years since I found out I’d be leading The Open University, and every day I am still surprised and delighted by the incredible work that goes on across this amazing institution. With my background in technology, there is no better place on earth to combine this with a passion for opening up education to anyone who wants to realise their potential.

“This award is not only a great personal honour, but recognition of the hard work of the thousands of colleagues who make the OU such a special place.”


Notes to Editors
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About 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 1.8 million students and has over 200,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.
The OU is rated in the top five of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2012/13 it had a 92% 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 received 5.2million unique visitors in 2012/13, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded more than 60 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 Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.

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