18 May 2015

The Open University recognised for its ‘outstanding’ impact on diversity

The Open University has received two Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) 2015 - Diverse Education Company and Diversity Champion for education.

The Open University has been commended for its significant impact on diversity and inclusion in the education sector, collecting two awards at the prestigious Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) 2015. The Open University picked up the trophy for Diverse Education Company, while Acting Head of Equality and Diversity, Jiten Patel, received the award for Diversity Champion for the education sector.

Mr Patel was recognised for delivering an outstanding Leadership Mentoring Programme for minority groups at the OU and elsewhere, including the Civil Service, with the judges commending him for pioneering diversity training..

Part of the National Diversity Awards, which The Open University has supported for the last four years, the EiDA recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in harnessing diversity and equality in the workplace, and changing the lives of others through championing social justice.

Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, said:
“Diversity, inclusion and social justice are principles we highly value as a University, so it is great to see this recognised at these national awards.

“While we are rightly proud of these achievements, there is more that can be done; I look forward to working with Jiten and his team to move this important work forward and to champion diversity and inclusion within the OU.”

The awards were held at the Manchester Midland Hotel and hosted by presenter of BBC Breakfast, Steph McGovern.

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