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The Open University Academic Reviews

Updated 8 September 2017
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  • Bullying culture, micro-management, not a lot of support and no opportunities for career progression (in 7 reviews)

  • Another point of criticism is the fairly weak involvement of the OU in Milton Keynes (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Losing its way"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Academic in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Potential to keep alive its original core mission for social mobility and justice

    Cons

    Senior management fail to embrace the mission or to understand the complexity and special features of how we operate, and make decisions that are flawed, sometimes fatally. There is a lack of a culture of incubating good ideas that arise from the practice of OU teaching and research.

    Advice to Management

    re-educate or clear out the ineffective senior management


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Frustrating"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic in Milton Keynes, England
    Current Employee - Academic in Milton Keynes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Open University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly immediate colleagues, good working environment, freedom to organise own work, well- respected organisation, inspiring students

    Cons

    Bull in a china shop approach to management, endless projects divorced from reality, too much administration, too many units not contributing to core business and costing students a lot, lots of glass ceilings in terms of progression, academic staff not valued by central management

    Advice to Management

    Pare down service units in the same way as academic faculties have been stripped, enhance and expand curriculum, put student facing and academic staff at the fore, listen to experienced staff