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Open University puts brake on reforms

Mary Kellett, The Open University’s acting vice-chancellor, has launched a “critical review” into the proposed reforms that sought to cut a quarter of the institution’s annual budget.

In an email to staff on 19 April, Kellett said that she would seek to determine which of the proposed changes were problematic and which were desirable. She announced she would pause the university restructuring process that would have had repercussions for research and teaching.

Kellett was appointed acting vice-chancellor on 13 April after her predecessor Peter Horrocks stepped down following a motion of no confidence tabled by the University College Union. Horrocks, who led the institution for three years, was dogged with criticism over his plans to cut £100 million from the university’s £420m annual budget through a shift from face-to-face to online teaching and a significant number of redundancies.

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