The OU Students Association, in partnership with the University Archive team, is proud to launch a new digital exhibition created using archived materials showcasing the last 50 years of our history. Discover how the Association campaigned for change against government cuts as we strived for parity with peers at traditional universities, find out where our journey to inclusivity and support services started, and catch-up with all that we have achieved in the last decade.
Three years after The Open University received its Royal Charter in 1969, the Students Association was founded in 1972 to create a clear line of communication between the University and its students. The Association celebrated its 50th year in 2022, rejoicing in all that has been achieved over the last five decades on our journey to serve our members and amplify the student voice.
“We’re so proud of this digital exhibition that so wonderfully displays the history and growth of the Students Association over the last 50 years. It really is inspiring to see what people can achieve when they come together to deliver collective action, and it’s clear when looking at this exhibition that the physical distance between OU students has never stood in the way of building a community of engaged distance-learners who are committed to improving things for the next generation.” – Dan Moloney, Chief Operating Officer.
Join us on our journey as we explore some of our proudest moments from the last 50 years: