The Open University

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"In 1966 Labour's general election manifesto contained a commitment to establish the University of the Air. Wilson was returned with an increased majority and in September 1967 his Cabinet agreed to set up a Planning Committee 'to work out a comprehensive plan for an open university'... By May 1969 Professor Walter Perry had been appointed as The Open University's first Vice-Chancellor and he and a dozen staff were in office using the house in Belgrave Square where the Planning Committee had been meeting." [1]

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate is the Open University's Chancellor, and Baron Haskins of Skidby our Pro-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor is the academic and administrative head of the University. Martin Bean is the current Vice-Chancellor. [2]



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  1. Open University History, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2012.
  2. Open University Governance, organizational web page, accessed April 13, 2012.