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The Open University Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks
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  1. « A place in decline »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
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    Avantages

    I worked in several roles at the OU. Whereas I thought it was a good place in the beginning, that has changed over time and ended in a sad farewell. But first the good points:
    1) The infrastructure is nice,
    2) The secretaries at my department were always helpful and friendly
    3) The pay was good.

    Inconvénients

    Although I brought in a short-term research project and the funding that came with it, there was no appreciation for my work and after my temporary contract ended, they had no intention to rehire me. I had good prospects in getting future funding but they were not interested, fair enough.

    However, the not rehiring is not the worst part: during my time at the OU, I felt the whole time surrounded by people who had a permanent job and were clinging on to it. No initiative, comfortable in their position and not worried about junior members of staff. There should be a cleanup of older staff, it was surreal to see people get away with what they did (or actually did not).

    The OU has recently changed its strategy from research to mainly focused on teaching which has grave implications and although I am out of a job, I think it is good that I left and did not try to cling on.

    Another point of criticism is the fairly weak involvement of the OU in Milton Keynes. There are research projects but the OU is almost invisible in MK: The railway station is filled with ads for Bedford College, while the OU stays almost invisible. MK is a place with potential and the OU is just not taking all the chances.

    Conseils à la direction

    1) Get rid of old tired staff who are just clinging on to their position because of the security.
    2) When hiring somebody, make the contracts last longer. Having to worry where you will be in two months time is stressful and takes time away from the job.
    3) Appreciate the funding and impact that staff brings.
    4) get involved more in Milton Keynes.


  2. « A pleasure to work here »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Recommande
    Point de vue positif

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps

    Avantages

    lots of holiday, relaxed environment

    Inconvénients

    currently going though big changes

    Conseils à la direction

    prepare for lots of sideways moves

  3. « A culture of bullying & lowering academic standards »

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    Ancien employé - Associate Lecturer
    Ancien employé - Associate Lecturer
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue neutre
    Aucune opinion sur PDG

    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University à temps partiel (Pendant plus de 8 ans)

    Avantages

    Academic, higher education, online employment possible

    Inconvénients

    Decline in academic input; gross staff bullying; lack of scientific knowledge in management.

    Oh, what a decline over a decade. I am a biologist. When I started the academic standard was high with courses designed & managed by top notch researchers to high academic standards. Dialogue was as one would expect in a scientific environment. Gradually, that changed. Course management devolved to those without any relevant research experience; "new" courses were cobbled together from the fragments of old, without cohesion. Physical books were more or less dropped as tuition fees went sky high, losing the OU almost all of its lifelong learning contingent.

    Worse, ideas came to be perceived as criticism & witch-hunts all too prevalent in an environment where respect for the associate lecturer became conspicuous by its absence. As an example, in my case, using the OU much-vaunted anti-bullying procedures, I found the issue dealt with by management who undertook a clandestine character assassination program. When I requested nearby venues for hearings, as I do have life-impacting but unseen disabilities, this resulted in a covert challenge that these disabilities were presented only after my complaint was made. I'm still trying to work out the rationale there but it was widely touted, including to my union rep & raised unwarranted questions over my integrity. And yes, I have it on record.

    I left - I have 3 degrees in science & adult further/higher education but the illogical lack of support made the work a thankless task, to say the least. And there was no reason for it at all, as (in common with most out-posted staff) I worked considerably in excess of paid hours & was completely dedicated to my work & loyal to the OU in my dealings with tutees.

    There is little left of the OU of old, which even then had a rather low academic reputation in comparison with mainstream, traditional, universities. Online education has become widespread & competition considerable. The OU all but abandoned its advantages of personal teaching & summer schools & dropped many of its science courses in my time with them. The introduction of inflexible marking schemes made it difficult to mark fairly, enforcing marks for inadequate answers & failing to allow credit for exceptional work. Pass thresholds were reduced. This fails to satisfy the basic educational tenet the marks awarded should reflect achievement - or lack of it. In case you wonder, providing the marks themselves was a comparatively minor (if essential) aspect of the associate lecturer role, which involved extensive student feedback.

    I find it difficult to perceive what advantage the OU offers students in an increasingly competitive field in which major universities have an increasing input.

    Conseils à la direction

    Well - put your house in order.


  4. « Good place to work »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Point de vue positif
    Aucune opinion sur PDG

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps

    Avantages

    Great benefits and a nice location to work

    Inconvénients

    Can be very political and slow to react


  5. Utile (1)

    « Senior Project Manager »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre
    Désapprouve le PDG

    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University en Contrat Permanent

    Avantages

    Working for a high profile university with good social ethics.
    Free OU courses and qualifications for staff.
    Good campus facilities.
    Friendly people.

    Inconvénients

    Demotivated workforce due to constant and seemingly inefficient change.
    Senior management disconnected from main body of staff.

    Conseils à la direction

    Listen to employees and students.


  6. « A bit all over the place at the moment; overall very classist colleagues »

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    Employé actuel - Researcher - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Employé actuel - Researcher - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue neutre
    Désapprouve le PDG

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    A Higher Education institution in the UK means a lot to most, and this ought to be rightly so. OU has a vast array of schools and departments doing amazing work for humanity as a whole.

    Inconvénients

    Today changes on how life evolves (technology advancements, for example) leaves quite a desirable bit from an institution such as OU, or at least from the colleagues I am working with.

    OU is being a bit/quite all over the place at the moment; overall very classist colleagues who either look for some pompous meaningless attention or are too focus in self-recognition.

    I work as part of a team at the school of computing and communications that is rather all over the place, with a great overload = overworked, and not enough time to dedicate to work in the projects we have on the plate. Oftentimes not having time for quality meetings and not providing with leadership but a sense of being bossed around, which is terrible sad in 2018, at a university... Not much mentorship provided either.


  7. Utile (1)

    « OU »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme

    Avantages

    Work life balance is great

    Inconvénients

    current uncertainty about the OU future

  8. « An fabulous institution having a few hiccups »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre
    Désapprouve le PDG

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Pendant plus de 5 ans)

    Avantages

    social mission, students, people, materials,

    Inconvénients

    Senior Management Team and Vice Chancellor

    Conseils à la direction

    Learn what your employees do, it does help.


  9. « buyer »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
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    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University en Contrat Permanent

    Avantages

    nice culture, happy people, fab place

    Inconvénients

    none, none , none, none,none


  10. « Should be a nice place to work »

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    Ancien employé - Team Manager - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Ancien employé - Team Manager - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Approuve le PDG

    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University en Contrat Permanent (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Good benefits in terms of holidays, pension and ability to study

    Inconvénients

    Bullying management on a power trip in student facing areas

    Conseils à la direction

    Peter Horrocks is a good guy. I think he can change it. He isnt helped by people with agendas and too many management in the academic services area. Hopeless management at that.


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