OU needs to evolve

THE (Times Higher Education) - - LET­TERS -

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

Via timeshigh­ere­d­u­ca­tion.com

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