The Open University commended with Excellence in Diversity gongs


The Open University, based in Milton Keynes, has received two Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) 2015 being commended for its significant impact on diversity and inclusion in the education sector.

It picked up the trophy for Diverse Education Company, while Acting Head of Equality and Diversity, Jiten Patel, received the award for Diversity Champion for the education sector.

The gongs were collected at the prestigious awards ceremony in Manchester hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern.

Mr Patel was recognised for delivering an outstanding Leadership Mentoring Programme for minority groups at the OU and elsewhere, including the Civil Service, with the judges commending him for pioneering diversity training..

Part of the National Diversity Awards, which The Open University has supported for the last four years, the EiDA recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in harnessing diversity and equality in the workplace, and changing the lives of others through championing social justice.

Peter Horrocks, vice-chancellor of The Open University, said: “Diversity, inclusion and social justice are principles we highly value as a University, so it is great to see this recognised at these national awards.

“While we are rightly proud of these achievements, there is more that can be done; I look forward to working with Jiten and his team to move this important work forward and to champion diversity and inclusion within the OU.”

Source: Citi Blog MK –



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