24 Apr 2015

BBC/OU Series wins coveted prize in Learning on Screen Awards

Prof Hans Rosling

Prof Hans Rosling

A BBC/OU co-production on the changes in world population is announced winner in last night’s Learning on Screen Awards.

BBC/OU co-production Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population was named as winner of the General Education Broadcast Award at the Learning on Screen Awards at a ceremony on 23 April in London.

The programme presented by world famous statistician Professor Hans Rosling, revealed a spectacular portrait of a rapidly-changing world and explored the impact of population expansion.

Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics and broadcast in an as-live studio event, Professor Rosling examined how we have begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty.
The awards ceremony took place at the BFI Southbank with award winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed as guest speaker.

The British Universities Film and Video Council are the only UK awards celebrating and rewarding excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research.
Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population was commissioned by Dr Caroline Ogilvie from The Open University’s Open Media Unit.

Don't Panic: The Truth About Population
Wingspan Productions/The Open University, for BBC Two
Director: Archive Baron; Producer: Dan Hillman
Presenter: Professor Hans Rosling
Supported by the Faculty of MCT, Social Sciences and HSC with OU academic consultants Tony Hirst, Mark Smith, Helen Yanacopulos and Pam Foley.
Head of OU Broadcast Commissioning, Dr Caroline Ogilvie
OU Broadcast Project Manager, John Sinton

For further information visit www.open.edu/openlearn/dontpanic


Notes to Editors:

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 almost 200,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.
The OU is rated in the top ten of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2013/14 it had a 91% 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 latest assessment exercise for university research (Research Excellence Framework), nearly three quarters (72%) of The Open University’s research was assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available – and awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent. The Open University is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.
The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC and has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to co-producing prime-time series such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, Britain’s Great War, I Bought a Rainforest and Business Boomers. 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 66 million downloads.
For further information please visit: www.open.ac.uk

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