Open University jobs at risk in £100m 'root and branch' overhaul

Sally Weale, The Guardian, Jun 16, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I'm sorry to read this. I'm taking it to reflect the impact of the transition from more traditional approaches to digital delivery (maybe with a bit of FutureLearn thrown in). And this: "The OU’s finances have been hit particularly hard by the significant decline in the number of part-time students since the introduction of tuition fees, losing a third of students in the past decade." And of course the impact of policies that view education as a commodity to be sold rather than as a public services as core as fire departments, police services, roads and rail. The projected saving amount to about a quarter of the Open University's budget and there's no way the university will be the same again.

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