Professor Brenda Gourley, the Open University Vice-Chancellor designate gave her first University presentation today. The event was the Keynote Address to the University Council – webcast on Friday 21st September 2001, at 1530 GMT from the Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, in the United Kingdom.
Professor Gourley spoke on the topic of globalization, diversity and change reflected in the responsibility of academics to fully open up learning to the learners of the world. “The Open University has scale, has experience, it is a large canvas and therefore has huge capacity to be an agent of change”
In a knowledge society, she noted, a university had an obligation to embrace diversity in all its forms.