There now seems to be widespread agreement that the appointment of Peter Horrocks as Vice Chancellor was a very big mistake and thankfully the Open University now seems to be led by a VC who is committed to the students and staff.
It is interesting reading the latest edition of the London Review of Books to see how many of the characteristics of the management of the BBC and especially the World Service presaged the management style he carried on to the OU
I think most of the staff and students now feel much more confident about the university than we did one year ago.
Yes, completely agree!
I was one of the students leading very vocally from the front to get Horrocks out...
Definitely not what we (by we I mean students, ALs and central academics) wanted for OUr University and the OU belongs to us and not people like Horrocks - who believed he had a God given right to demand a £385,0000 - to sack (those very academics who were holding the OU together) - those very academics who teach the students through their materials - including the FASS dept.
Even now I find I still feel anger at the thought of his arrogance that he alone was the OU and the marketalisation of the uni, together with getting rid of most of the modules (such as the ones I have studied - taking this option away from future students) was the best and only way forward...
Very pleased with Mary Kellett appointment and glad she is returning the OU back to its roots (as much as possible) and started to repair the damage Horrocks did to the OU reputation and the academics.
Power to us - the people - for standing up - demanding our voices were heard - on a range of platforms including twitter - and getting rid of him (the bad apple at the top!).
No one person is stronger that the united force of the OU students and academics standing united together.
I'm proud to have played my part in the removal/resignation of Peter. He was not right for the OU and did not have the right vision to take it forward or secure its future for the next 50 years! Mary on the other hand is like us she has a genius love for the OU - it is more than just bricks and mortar - it changes lives for the better - Everybody has a right to an education at what ever age and the OU offers this to those who would never ordinarily get this chance.
The OU is the best... And long may this be the case.