24 Jul 2015

OU cultural geographer becomes Fellow of British Academy

Professor Gillian Rose is among more than 40 academics recently welcomed into the British Academy

The Open University’s Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography has been elected Fellow of the British Academy. She is among 42 highly distinguished UK academics ranging across the social sciences and humanities, in addition to 20 corresponding fellows from overseas.

Fellows play a vital role in the work of the Academy by encouraging younger researchers; engaging in public debates and contributing to policy reports with their work and expertise.

Professor Rose said: “Being elected as a Fellow of the British Academy is a huge honour. It’s an honour for me, but also for The Open University and the Faculty of Social Sciences, which have supported me ever since I arrived here 15 years ago. It’s very exciting to be joining some of the scholars whose work I most admire, geographers and others; working with them to promote the importance of the Social Sciences and Humanities.”

Dean and Director of Studies, Social Sciences, Professor Kevin Hetherington said: “We are delighted to congratulate Gillian on this achievement which is a deserved acknowledgement of her influential and important research in feminist geography, visual methodologies and urban aesthetics.”

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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 over 800 free courses on OpenLearn, which receives 4.5 visitors a year, and materials on YouTube, Bibblio, AudioBoom and iTunes U, which has recorded over 69m million downloads.
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