OU needs to evolve
In “Open University staff call for vice-chancellor’s resignation” (News, 5 April, www.timeshighereducation.com), UCU regional official Lydia Richards should have made it clear that “our members”, not “staff”, voted. Many of the staff support the vicechancellor, Peter Horrocks, but have not been asked their opinion.
The problem with the OU is that too many people don’t understand that radical change is required, or are so set in their ways that they can’t cope with it. They are complacent and harking back to the past.
There is not a limitless pot of money, student numbers are falling, the market is much more competitive and the OU has fallen behind with the use of technology. Instead of working against the university, UCU members should face up to the reality and try to work positively to improve things. The unions are contributing to the downfall of the OU with their own agenda. slspert