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Voices of support for The Open University and its ‘untapped gold’

Prominent figures across politics, entertainment, science and journalism have all voiced their support for The Open University as it petitions for additional support from the UK government to reduce the costs for part-time students.

Two recent reports from the Sutton Trust and Million Plus have evidenced the decline in part-time student numbers in England, and the UK government is now set to include part-time and distance learning in its Post-18 Education Review.

“Education benefits everyone in society”

Professor Brian Cox, who presented the OU/BBC co-production The 21st Century Race for Space, took to Twitter to advocate a review of funding:

And Honorary Graduate Prue Leith also wrote on Twitter of how the OU makes study possible for so many people:

“Untapped gold”

Writing in the Daily Mail, Lord David Blunkett, former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, said: “People needed — and still need — the ‘second chance’ the OU provided. And Britain needs them. They are our untapped gold.”

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening noted in the Daily Mail that ‘Britain’s biggest asset is our people’ and said: “Getting a degree from the Open University has transformed many people’s futures for the better over the years – something I understand from personal experience as the first person in my own family to be able to go to university.”



About Author

Kath works in the Media Relations team within the Communications Unit at The Open University. She is a skilled communicator with more than 15 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. She has a BA (Hons) English and American Literature from University of Warwick and specialises in stories from the Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, BBC programmes, and student stories. In her spare time Kath enjoys touring the country in her hand-painted camper van, Trevor.

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