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This is The Open University’s website for news. It contains topical content, with expert commentary from our academics, along with graduate case studies and what the OU has to say about developments across the Higher Education sector. We are the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.

Day-to-day editorial management of this site’s content is provided by the Media Relations Team. The overall Editor-in-Chief is Deputy Head of Media Relations, Rachel James.

You can also read copies of recent and previous OU media releases.

Contact the Media Relations Team

For all out of hours enquiries, please telephone +44 (0) 7901 515891. You can email the team at

Rachel James
Deputy Head of Media Relations
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Tel: +44 (0)1908 652 818

Christine Drabwell
Senior Media Relations Officer
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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 858673
Mob: +44 (0) 7990 827027

Kath Middleditch
Senior Media Relations Officer
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Tel: +44 (0) 1908 655026
Mob: +44 (0)7771 810098

Liz Ellis
Ambassador Communications & Media Relations Officer
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Tel: +44 (0)1908 659 740
Mob: 07500 606 103