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: OU quality mark, carer achieves degree and Lord Briggs dies. 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.

Open University receives UK quality mark. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)* has confirmed the quality and standards of education provision at The Open University, following its review in December 2015. The QAA’s team of six peer reviewers, including a student and staff from other universities, judged that our academic standards, the quality and enhancement of our student learning opportunities and the quality of information about our learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.  Working with the OU Students Association, OU students contributed to the review, in a detailed written submission and through meetings with the review team.

Quality mark handed out to the OU


Lord Asa Briggs, one of Britain’s leading historians and a pioneer of adult education, has died. Lord Briggs of Lewes, 94, worked at the Second World War code-breaking station Bletchley Park before embarking on a glittering academic career as a leading specialist on the Victorian era. He took a leading role in the extension of higher education, helping to set up the University of Sussex and the Open University, and becoming president of the Workers Educational Association.

Open University pioneer Lord Briggs passes away


I left school with one O level. Soon I also had family commitments. Raising a child with autism took me into a world where my family needed professional support. Social workers entered my family’s life and I knew then that I wanted to help other families in a similar way. My first Open University course was in 2006.  I worked through the modules with a drive and determination to qualify as a social worker. I faced many challenges along the way, balancing the complexity of family, work and study, but never lost focus.

Carer harnesses the power of the OU


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