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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:11 am on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland) 11:11 am, 29th March 2018

As I am sure that you will agree, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Open University, founded by the legendary Scottish Labour MP Jennie Lee, is a much-loved British institution, so can we have a debate on the vice-chancellor’s recent announcement of plans to restructure the OU that will involve substantial redundancies of academic staff and cuts to the curriculum that will have major implications for the OU’s research base and access to higher education for the most-disadvantaged people and that will turn it from a word-leading distance education provider to a digital content provider?