The Open University was once a ‘challenger institution’. Liz Marr explains how it will support the next generation of new HE providers through its new validation service, and assuage the established sector’s fears about quality.
Dr Liz Marr is Director of Teaching (Learning and Teaching Innovation) at The Open University. She has oversight of the University’s access curriculum and Open Programme, the development of research and scholarship in the areas of widening access and inclusion and strategic management of the University’s validation services. Through this latter she has overall responsibility for the University’s UK and international validation partnerships, including private and alternative providers.
Liz has over twenty years’ experience in UK higher education and is co-author of ‘Identity Crisis: Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century’. She is managing editor of the journal ‘Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning’, an editorial board member of Learning and Teaching in the International Social Sciences (LATTISS) a Trustee of SEEC (Creating Learning Opportunity through Credit) and Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) research sub-committee. She is also a member of the Executive of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) and chair of the Action on Access Forum. Her research interests lie in vocational progression to higher level learning, alternative and flexible routes into higher education and higher education management.