From University of the Air to The Open University
Created by HOTOUP (From:UK, Profession:Project Manager, The History of the OU Project) on August 7, 2012, 4:04 pm.
The idea of a 'University of the Air' was put forward in 1963 by a Labour Party study group as a solution to continuing inequalities in Higher Education. Harold Wilson, who became the Labour Party leader in the same year developed the idea of degrees made available through a new alliance of correspondence courses and television and radio broadcasts, in a series of speeches. With the Labour Party's election win in 1964, the plans became a reality, with Minister of Arts Jennie Lee made responsible for their delivery.
A planning group was convened, and by 1969 The Open University had received its Royal Charter. Staff were recruited and the first students began to study in 1971.
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