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I am spending time in Oban during the lock down – working remotely for the OU and trying to complete three books. There was supposed to be plenty of interesting sailing going on – but alas that is not happening for now. This is a drone pic of me saying hello from the center of the McCaig Tower. It was built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig to provide work for local stonemasons and a lasting monument to the McCaig family dominating the Oban skyline. It’s a wonderful place to sit and look out past the Isle of Kerrera and towards Mull – as I do most days.

Speaking at the Hay Festival on June 1st.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the OU – a globally recognised radical idea in post-war British education democratising access to higher education:

Our mission: open to people, places, methods and ideas. A truly radical idea.

We are also facing unprecedented climate and biodiversity emergencies.

Business as usual isn’t an option. Nor is education as usual – We need to get radical again!

I will share some radical ideas about the future of higher education – and what this means in terms of the climate and biodiversity emergencies we now face.