Open University vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks resigns

Open College vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks has resigned after a vote of no confidence by educational employees.

He stated he was “prepared to maneuver on” however added the OU confronted “a scale of problem that’s unprecedented”.

The college, which has suffered a collapse in scholar numbers, aims to save £100m from its £420m annual price range by slicing programs and employees.

Mr Horrocks had angered employees by saying lecturers “get away with not instructing” and the cuts have been “reprioritising”.

He later apologised, saying: “I sincerely remorse that my careless language induced offence or damage.”

However the lecturers union, College and Faculty Union (UCU), called for him to go final week, saying its members had no confidence in his plans or intentions for the college.

They stated they have been happy he had listened and resigned.

College bosses paid tribute to him, with pro-chancellor Richard Gillingwater saying Mr Horrocks made an “huge contribution to securing the way forward for the Open College”.

“He has proven actual braveness and dedication in articulating and addressing the challenges we face internally and externally,” he stated.

The announcement got here a couple of days after the governing physique of the college met to debate educational employees’s vote of no confidence.

‘Nice establishment’

In his resignation assertion, Mr Horrocks – who took up the publish three years in the past – stated he was “prepared to maneuver on, having achieved my main objectives”.

He stated: “The OU faces a scale of problem that’s unprecedented.

“The requirement for social justice in schooling is acute and the calls for for brand spanking new abilities are ever current, which implies that an important establishment like ours is required greater than ever.

“I do know that every one members of the college will proceed to commit themselves to the modifications essential to stay as much as these alternatives.”

He added that he had given “every thing I may” to the reason for part-time studying.

He has resigned with speedy impact, however will proceed working for the college for “a couple of months” as he palms over to the performing vice-chancellor.

Will the cuts go forward?

Welcoming his resignation, UCU regional official Lydia Richards stated: “The Open College is a unbelievable establishment and Horrocks’ alternative should defend the distinctive position it performs in our schooling system and the work of its employees.”

She additionally known as for his plan to chop employees and programs to be axed.

Nonetheless, the college governing physique is predicted to proceed with the majority of the plans Mr Horrocks drew up on altering the college curriculum.

The college is projecting an annual deficit of round £20m.

Mr Horrocks had beforehand labored on the BBC for 33 years, leaving his publish as director of the BBC World Service Group in 2014.

The OU was based in 1969 to supply larger schooling distance studying to college students who usually didn’t match the standard undergraduate mould – many have been older and finding out part-time whereas working.

Printed at Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:12:35 +0000