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April 29, 2012

Think Left

It was a dream of Harold Wilson, Leader of the Labour Party, an Open University. In 1966 Labour’s general election manifesto contained a commitment to establish the University of the Air. Wilson was returned with an increased majority and in September 1967 his Cabinet agreed to set up a Planning Committee ‘to work out a comprehensive plan for an open university’. The Open University has given opportunities to so many, which otherwise would not have been possible. We have grown so used to it, we now take it for granted, but as Alicia J Duffy writes, all this is now under threat.

THE UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS

Previously published at The Camel’s Hump

by Alicia J Duffy

If I told you that there is a way to get a degree without A levels, would you believe me? If I told you that the university accepts all students, and that you…

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