Lord Geoffrey Crowther, the first Chancellor of The Open University, on receipt of the brand-new institution's Royal Charter at a ceremony fifty years ago

At The Open University education for all is our ethos – Susan Stewart

‘The first and most urgent task before us is to cater for the many thousands of people fully capable of a higher education, who for one reason or another do not get it, or do not get enough of it as they can turn to advantage. Or, as they discover sometimes too late, that they need. Only in recent years have we come to realise how many such people there are.”

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