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The Open University CEO Peter Horrocks
Peter Horrocks
59 Ratings
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  • "Senior management like headless chickens(in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great for academics--lots of flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    As an academic you have no lectures to give so it is possible for academics to live quite distant from campus and come in only for meetings. You get a lot of support for developing high quality teaching material and the satisfaction of knowing it will be used by many, not just the 30-50 people you would normally see sitting in front of you in a lecture.

    Cons

    lack of contact with students

  2. "STUDENT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The Open University part-time

    Pros

    Friendly, informative and easily accessible

    Cons

    No cons to this institution

  3. "Associate Lecturer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at The Open University part-time

      Pros

      Flexible working hours, ability to work from home, great support and training

      Cons

      Salary and pensions behind the public sector

    • "Student review"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Open University part-time

      Pros

      Good for independent study, brilliant support.

      Cons

      Not enough engagement with prospective employers eg work/summer placements.

    • "Associate Lecturer Interview"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at The Open University

      Pros

      Can complete their application form once and submit for multiple vacancies.

      Cons

      Pay is poor. If you ask for feedback following an interview don't expect much depth to it.

      Advice to Management

      Give proper feedback. Please bear in mind that accepting someone for the role but not appointing them ultimately creates a lot of disappointment.

    • "Great"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton Keynes, England

        I worked at The Open University full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Great Fun Relaxed self motivating

        Cons

        Hard work sometimes on your own

      • "You feel that you're really making a difference"

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        Current Employee - Staff Tutor in Milton Keynes, England
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        The OU has a clear and understandable mission which colleagues buy into. Also, those colleagues that I closely work with are awesome; at my level (role: staff tutor), there's a really supportive and helpful culture, which I really appreciate. Everyone mucks in to get things done. Course fee waivers allow you to study. There's a lot of flexibility.

        Cons

        There's a lot of work to be done, and it can easily take over your life completely. Sometimes there's a bit of a disconnect between higher levels of management and the rest of the university, but thankfully things are now a lot better than they work.

        Advice to Management

        Cut the admin workload for some academic staff. Make sure that the next vice chancellor actually has a background in higher education; this is really important!

      • "Telephone Fundraiser, Development Office"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at The Open University part-time

          Pros

          The OU is well-known for its outstanding commitment to education and this ethos is carried through even down to this small call centre. The team are friendly. I had never done telephone fundraising before but it is worth doing for the OU's many causes in the UK and worldwide

          Cons

          I only stopped because I had no other business at the OU. The shift patterns are awkward, but possibly well suited to someone already working part-time in another job on the same site

          Advice to Management

          I'm not really in a position to advise; the Development Office functions quite well

        • "Overall ok."

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          Current Employee - Project Manager in Milton Keynes, England
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at The Open University full-time for more than 2 years

          Pros

          Caring environment. Good team members

          Cons

          It’s a bit slow for decision making

        • "Good Place"

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          Current Employee - Student Recruitment Advisor in Manchester, England
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I have been working at The Open University for more than a year

          Pros

          Support from peers and managers In-depth training Rewarding job

          Cons

          Unhelpful or belittling staff (not in my office but across OU)

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