09 Mar 2015

The Open University joins partnership to promote social justice in Milton Keynes

Citizens UK at Downing Street

Citizens UK at Downing Street

The Open University (OU) has joined forces with local community partners in Milton Keynes to promote social justice and support the aims of the local organisation Citizens:mk.

Launched in May 2010, Citizens:mk is a growing alliance of community groups, including community associations, churches, mosques and schools who collaborate to contribute to the continued development of the local economy and support the local community. Citizens:mk is a local branch of the national organisation Citizens UK.

Director of Communications at The Open University, Lucian Hudson, Chair of the Citizens:mk Leadership Group, joined other civil society leaders from Citizens UK for a round-table discussion at 10 Downing Street chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Speaking of the OU’s support for Citizens:mk Lucian Hudson said:

“Milton Keynes has been home to the OU since we were established almost 50 years ago, and we have grown up together. We are therefore very proud to contribute to the economic and social development of the local area. With our support of Citizens:mk, we are strengthening relationships with local partners, which will benefit the OU’s staff and students.”

The OU has collaborated with Citizens:mk previously and became the earliest large employer in MK to adopt the Living Wage. The Living Wage is one of a number of issues that Citizens UK have engaged with and supported. The OU has also supported campaign leader Debbie Wilson at a community event to celebrate Milton Keynes’ Living Wage employers as part of Living Wage Week.

Director of Estates at The Open University, Alan Burrell, said:
“The OU stands for specific values in British life – we are the most inclusive university in the UK and moving to a Living Wage in August 2014 is a commitment to recognising everyone who contributes to our success across the organisation.”

Notes to editors
OU media contact:
Christine Drabwell, 01908 858673 or email:

To find out more about Citizens:mk and Citizens UK see the following links

Over the past three years, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean, Lucian Hudson has coordinated the OU’s increased engagement with Milton Keynes partners including CBI Regional, DestinationMK, MK Business Council, MK Business Leaders, Milton Keynes Economic Forum and Milton Keynes International Festival.

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