Members of AOUG organise events for each other on an Association, National, Regional or Local basis. Most Regions and Nations have local groups which arrange events within an easy travelling distance but they also have Regional or National events at various venues around their area. There are in addition several interest groups who travel longer distances to meet for walking, visits to the theatre or other specialised activities. Most AOUG events are free as part of your membership subscription but when rooms need to be booked, or speakers arranged, then admission fees are necessary. All AOUG Graduate or Associate Members may attend any event in whichever Region or Nation it occurs but it is always advisable to contact the organiser first so that they can be ready to meet you.
Although most events are officially restricted to Graduate and Associate Members only, family and friends are always welcome as guests of members and there are regular events that are open to all, on payment of the appropriate fee, such as lectures and dinners. Association events arranged annually are the Annual General Meeting Weekend, the AOUG Foundation for Education Award Ceremony and the AOUG Foundation Lecture but other, one off, events may also be arranged.
Research Awards Ceremony and Foundation Lecture
Final details are now being organised for the Annual Awards and Foundation Lecture to be held on Friday 6th October in the OU campus Michael Young Building. The Award presentations begin at 12noon followed by a buffet lunch and then the Foundation Lecture at 2pm. This year’s Research Award Ceremony promises to be a very special event with a record number of Awards to be presented – out of the nine Awards originally offered, this year will see seven of the nominees being accepted to receive recognition. Then the Foundation Lecture will also acknowledge the achievements of our OU research students as it is to be presented by Tamsin Waterkeyn, winner of the AOUG Foundation for Education 2016 Ted Castle Bursary. Tamsin is to speak on ‘The Socio – Cultural Impact of Globalisation and English in Saudi Arabia’ this is based on her ‘Narrative Enquiry’ PHD research. Admission to any, or all, of the day is by ticket only which can be obtained by pre-booking via the AOUG Office. email@example.com or 01908 653316 Tickets cost £10 and must be booked and paid for before 8th September stating details of any special dietary requirements.
Thirtieth Anniversary AGM
The 2018 AGM Weekend at the Norton Grange Hotel in Rochdale, Lancashire will be in the thirtieth year of AOUG. Officers are currently finalising all the details and as usual the booking form will be available in the 2017 Winter OMEGA and will also be available to download from this website from Autumn 2017. The excursion booking form will also be available in the same manner and members and friends are requested to book early to ensure they secure a place. Excursions for Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning will be announced shortly, along with an additional excursion suggestion for Saturday morning for those not wishing to attend the formal AGM meetings.
Pearl Anniversary Year
On 25th June 2018, the Association of Open University Graduates will be thirty years old having been launched by the then Vice-Chancellor, Sir John Horlock during the OU Open Day on 25th June 1988 on the OU campus. It was endorsed by the OU following a long consultation period with a Steering Committee comprising of representatives of OU graduates from all over the UK working very closely with members of OU staff under the direction of the Vice Chancellor Sir John Horlock. The OU wished AOUG to be an independent body able to offer independent views whilst working alongside the OU on many of its governing bodies such as Senate and the Council. Now as we approach 2018, we are aware that AOUG is reaching a very significant milestone. Although many things have changed within the OU, there is still an enthusiastic body of OU graduates keen to support other OU graduates and our University and so it is fitting that celebrations should be planned to mark this landmark. Watch out for further information as details of events up and down the UK are finalised.
AOUG Degree Ceremony stands
AOUG is to host our own stands at the Degree Ceremony venues in London, Dublin, Cardiff, Belfast and Gateshead where a team of AOUG volunteers will ‘Meet and Greet’ new graduates and their friends and families and hand out AOUG information packs to new graduates and small free gifts to their children. All graduates attending these Ceremonies will have the opportunity to join AOUG on the day for a special half price offer of just £10.