The Guardian reports that Peter Horrocks, the vice-chancellor of the Open University, has resigned following widespread opposition to plans to significantly reduce the number of courses the institution offers and the number of lecturers it employs.
The university said Horrocks would hand responsibility to an acting vice-chancellor but would remain employed as a consultant for another three months.
“I am pleased to be continuing to work with the university for a few months, handing over to the acting vice-chancellor and advising on the external relations agenda for the University and the wider part-time sector.”
Horrocks’s resignation comes just a week after University and College Union members at the Open University demanded he resign.
Lydia Richards, a UCU regional officer, said: “Staff made it quite clear that the vice-chancellor had to go and we are pleased he has finally got that message. The Open University is a fantastic institution and Horrocks’s replacement must defend the unique role it plays in our education system and the work of its staff.
“The university leadership team should now scrap the damaging plans to cut jobs and courses, and work with us to develop a more positive strategy for the future of the institution.”
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