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31 July 2002


OU ranks ninth in University League Table

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The Open University is ranked as ninth of all UK universities in a new table published by the 'Daily Telegraph' that rates institutions according to the excellence of their teaching.

Eighteen of the 25 OU departments assessed have been rated "excellent" by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The university's ranking has improved from the 13th position it held in the 2001 table.

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26 July 2002


MBA student shortlisted for top award

MBA student Phil Parvin

Even when hundreds of miles off shore on patrol in a submarine, Phil Parvin has been committed to his MBA studies with the OU. And now his efforts are being rewarded.

Phil, a nuclear engineer in HMS SULTAN, is one of the five finalists in the AMBA (Association of MBAs) Student of the Year competition. Phil chose the Open University Business School MBA for three reasons – personal recommendation, need to study via distance education and the fact that it has an AMBA accreditation.


25 July 2002


Still believe in love

Presenter Amanda Vickery

A relationship based on marriage and commitment or a life pursuing wild and erotic love?

'The Trouble with Love', a new six-part BBC/OU series uncovers the story of how people have managed their love lives over the last 800 years. It is presented by historian Amanda Vickery.

From love in a castle to love in an apartment and the creation of Bridget Jones, Amanda reveals how the pursuit of the fairytale romance began, how it still dominates our aspirations, and what the alternative to romantic love might be. The series will be broadcast on BBC Two at 7.30pm on Mondays from September 2.

24 July 2002


OU Professor elected to British Academy

Professor Doreen Massey

The OU’s Professor of Geography, Doreen Massey, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

The accolade is awarded to up to 35 academics each year, all of whom are elected for distinction and achievement in their field.

Doreen is the second OU academic to be elected. Professor Ruth Finnegan is already a Fellow of the British Academy, established 100 years ago to promote humanities and social sciences, recognise excellence and support and publish research.


23 July 2002


New Access Centre for OU

VC at the opening of the new Access Centre

Disabled students and potential students will benefit from a new Access Centre at the OU, which was officially opened on July 19 by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brenda Gourley. The centre will carry out needs assessments to identify the specialist technology and other support disabled students may need. The VC described the university's services to disabled students as "quite extraordinary".


16 July 2002


Find out how to stay on course in the latest Sesame

How do you stay on track with study during the summer months? Does your family help or hinder your OU study? And how should you prepare for residential school?

The latest Sesame (August/Sept) has answers to all these questions, plus reports on the university's first law graduates, its decision not to use the National Anthem at degree ceremonies, closure of a drop-in centre in Athens, plus letters extra full of your views on the value of OU study.

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05 July 2002


Your chance to shape the world's agenda

An individual can’t change the world alone, but the Open University has launched a website to give voice to people around the globe who want to influence the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development. The site ‘Earth Summit for all’, has been created by OU Technology Senior Lecturer Gary Alexander. The Summit, to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4, comes at a critical time for humanity and for the health of the natural environment. By voting in the polls and participating in the discussions, you can shape the agenda for action.

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04 July 2002


Business School celebrates success of Russian MBA students

OUBS staff with members of LINK

Thirty-six MBA students in Russia were awarded their qualification by the Open University Business School. The 2002 MBA graduation ceremony was held in early June in Moscow. This is the second OUBS degree ceremony to be held in the Russian capital.

The students have all studied for their MBA in English through the OUBS' partner in Russia, the International Institute of Management LINK. The degree ceremony was part of a programme of activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the OUBS and LINK partnership.

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01 July 2002


OU honours Barbara Castle

Dr Rachel Hinton with OU Chancellor Betty Boothroyd

OU Chancellor Betty Boothroyd has presented an OU honorary degree posthumously to Barbara Castle. The former Labour minister's great niece, Dr Rachel Hinton, was at the Milton Keynes graduation ceremony to receive the DUniv from the University's Chancellor.

During the presentation, Betty Boothroyd said: "Barbara Castle was a hard task master and I learned a lot from her. She was the best tutor I ever had. She was a feminist before even the first bra was burned."

The late Barbara Castle was awarded the DUniv, Public Services for works in areas of special educational concern to the University.