It’s the Open University Charter Day 2021!

A joint message from Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor and Sarah Jones, President of the OU Students Association

Today (23 April) we mark 52 years since our University received its Royal Charter, and 50 years since our Associate Lecturers began teaching our students. Celebrating the legacy of Harold Wilson, Jennie Lee, Walter Perry and our pioneer staff and students is of immense significance to us all who still carry on their mission to be ‘open to people, place, methods and ideas’. 

Normally we would be together across our four UK Nations with activities for staff and students. This year, like last, however is another year in lockdown and whilst there is a glimmer of hope emerging, we will wait to get together and celebrate. 

It has been a difficult year, more so for some than others, but we have been overwhelmed and inspired by the achievements of our students during 2020/2021. We are proud of the resilience shown by you all and your extraordinary achievements. You have come together, looked after your families and invested in your communities, all while continuing to study. 

To help mark our anniversary we are delighted to introduce a special recording of a beautiful uplifting song called ‘The Light From The Lighthouse’ featuring the beautiful voices of our Open Voices Choir *.

The Open University Students Association and colleagues from across the University have also come together to record a special University Challenge. We hope you enjoy watching it. 

Colleagues from across the University have also created a special Charter Day Quiz, which explores our history over the past 52 years (the answers can be found below).

Thank you for being part of the OU family, for enriching it with your accomplishments. We wish you continued success in your studies. 

Best wishes,

Tim Blackman



Sarah Jones

President of the OU Students Association


* The Open Voice Choir is made up of OU staff currently working from home.

Here are the answers to the Charter Day Quiz 🙌

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