The Open University celebrates 40 years of graduationsI
t has been a British institution since it was introduced more than four decades ago, and has helped more than one and a half million people broaden their horizons by opening access to higher education. This weekend The Open University is celebrating 40 years since its first ever degree ceremony.
The OU has given people the opportunity to study that has helped them develop their careers, change careers or simply realise their dreams of getting a degree that they never thought possible.
Around 1.8 million people have studied with The Open University and students include entertainers Joe Pasquale, Ian Rankin, Lenny Henry, Matthew Kelly and Joan Armatrading, politicians John Reid and Paul Marsden and children's writer Elizabeth Arnold.
From its beginnings on late night BBC, The Open University remains at the forefront of innovation, now using a wide range of technology for teaching and producing materials for iTunes U which has