As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, throughout August 2022 we looked back at the Association's history and the wonderful archival material we have from our first 50 years.
Pam McNay was President of the Students Association from 1981-1983 and became the first student to speak directly to the Open University's governing body. Read more on her groundbreaking address here or view the flipbook below:
First address to council
The OU Students Association came into being following much campaigning and hard work by OU students for an independent body to represent them, so it was only natural that campaigning became a cornerstone of Association life following our foundation. Take a look at some of the archival materials we found from this time.
As you might imagine, since 1972, we have built up quite a bit of archive material, so this podcast looked at the Association’s archive project. This project enabled us to catalogue and order our wonderful content to make it a true celebration of our first 50 years!
In this article, we revisited archival material from May 1982, when Prince Charles opened the Perry building on the OU campus. Pam McNay, Students Association President from 1981-83, was invited to the degree ceremony and luncheon. Pam has kindly shared some exciting material given to attendees on the day. Read more in this article.
We have had some inspirational Presidents over the past 50 years. You can see the timeline of their time in office below.