Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week we cover further strike action, 50 years since the ‘Univertsity of the Air’ and scams. So remember, if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.

Thousands of lecturers, librarians and cleaners at 200 FE (Further Education) colleges in England took strike action Wednesday to protest a freeze in their pay. Some FE staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises. A strike scheduled for February 2 by staff at the Open University (OU) was recently suspended by the UCU. OU bosses want to close seven regional centres and cut 500 jobs. The Open University, a distance learning institution, is the biggest university in the world in terms of student numbers.

More news on potential strike action by OU staff


‘University of the Air’ – 50 years on…..


“Successful fraud requires both a set of skills and a willingness to deliberately target and deceive others. The most successful fraudsters have a capacity to look…”

Victims, Scams and Scammers


When Brescia University College contacted Susan Mumm, they made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. “They’ve invited me to join them on their journey,” said Mumm, a historian specializing in women and religion who will be taking over as principal of Canada’s only all-female university in July. “Its women’s focus aligns so perfectly with my own research and background. I couldn’t say no, it was just an irresistible combination.”

Former OU lecturer and department head gets an “offer she can’t refuse”. 


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