The Open University Redesign
OU Redesign and student consultation
The Open University Redesign, Since the OU Redesign announcement in June, students have taken to social media and our forums to try to fit together the pieces of the Redesign puzzle. Like us, the more you hear, the more questions you have.
If you want a recap on what the Redesign is all about grab a coffee, settle into a comfy chair and check out the following posts.
Central Executive Committee blog on Peter Horrocks’ visit
As the OU Redesign process moves along your representatives will be working to secure the best student experience for you. No doubt some changes could come into play fairly quickly while others may take a long time to implement. It’s important that current students aren’t forgotten in the drive to change things for the future.
In the last few weeks Student Association representatives have been invited to join various projects under the OU Redesign umbrella about Student Experience, Academic Excellence and Employability and we will keep your informed of our work on your behalf.
Last week Barbara Tarling (Student Council member) and I spoke at Council of the importance of genuine engagement with students. We reminded Council that consultation is only meaningful if students have the opportunity to shape the future and that students don’t want a box ticking exercise of “consultation” after the major decisions have been made. The Vice Chancellor heard our views and made a commitment to involving students in the process.
There are lots of ways students can provide feedback to the University and one way is via the Open University Students Consultative Forums. The OU are currently looking for around 200 students to take on the role of student consultation forum volunteer. Volunteers are invited to join regular (usually monthly) online discussions to share your experiences and views. Over the coming weeks and months I would expect to see consultation topics related to the OU redesign in our Consultation forums and while I can’t promise there will be consultation on OU Redesign I can promise I will make a lot of noise if there isn’t.
If you would like to volunteer on the University Students Consultative forum the deadline for volunteering is the 6 August. You can read about all the details If you are unable to volunteer at this time, you can still suggest topics for consultation.
In the meantime join the OU Redesign discussion with students and Association Reps in our own dedicated forum space. Your voice is crucial!