The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, visited the Open University yesterday to find out how is is tackling the UK’s skills gap.
His Royal Highness discussed progress in distance learning and innovation at the university while spening the afternoon at the Milton Keynes campus.
The visit included a round table discussion, facilitated by The Open University Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean and focused on the UK’s skills agenda.
Prince Andrew learnt about the work being done at the OU to equip its students with the qualifications and training they need to succeed and to be able to drive economic growth in the UK.
Attendees of the discussion included Steve Hill, the OU’s commercial director, Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean of The Open University Business School and Rajay Naik, Director of Government and External Affairs at the OU.
He was also given a tour of some interactive exhibits in the OU’s Jennie Lee Building, where he was told about technology such as the highly successful iTunes U platform and OU Anywhere, both of which enable students to study practically and flexibly.
In addition, His Royal Highness learnt how the University’s research and design in teaching and learning is improving access to study materials for all its students.
The visit, conducted as part of The Duke of York’s work to encourage and support providers of excellent skills and enterprise-focused education, concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in front of a small number of senior staff and former OU students.