Open University appoints new Chancellor

The Open University has appointed Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho as its new Chancellor, succeeding Lord Puttnam

Martha Lane-Fox has built her career around the digital world, making her mark as one of the founders of  For more than four years she served as the government’s UK Digital Champion, leading a drive to get more people and services engaged with the online world.  In 2012 she launched a charity – Go ON UK – which aims to plug the digital skills gap among British adults.  Last year she joined the House of Lords and recently led a debate on the 25th anniversary of the world wide web.

Baroness Lane-Fox said:“I have seen how technology can transform the way we do things – from shopping to socialising to studying. The Open University has an astonishing track-record of using of new and emerging technologies to make higher education available to all people around the world.  Its ethos of inclusion and access is something I respect hugely. I am extremely excited about this appointment and can’t wait to start meeting students.”

In addition to her work with the government, Baroness Lane-Fox has served on the boards of Channel 4 and Marks & Spencer and is patron of several charities.  She is also helping to finance the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She will be formally installed as Chancellor of The Open University later this year and will take up her formal duties from September.


Image courtesy of: Government Digital Service

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