Association of Open University Graduates
Honorary Life Membership
Will Swann was until 2012, employed by The Open University as Director Students, a very senior post within the OU, and a well-respected member of their staff with a long and valued career at Milton Keynes. Therefore he had great demands on his time and many important projects to lead and negotiations to organise on behalf of the OU itself. Yet Will always agreed to an annual meeting with an AOUG Officer and gave his time to listen to our ideas for the future years and to offer advice and guidance in problem solving the issues we might face. Will directed AOUG to the appropriate departments for developing our ideas, and often made contacts and negotiations on our behalf.
He publically welcomed AOUG Officers at OU events and introduced them to other OU dignitaries helping us to build our network system within the OU. Will kept AOUG abreast of OU developments and explained their likely effect on our Association and he was instrumental in the recent significant project of getting a new system established to promote our Awards for the Regions and Nations. He organised a discussion between all the new Assistant Regional Directors in the Regions and Directors of the Nations to decide the most appropriate method. He even suggested that the OU might allow us to do our presentations at the degree ceremony venues before or after the actual OU degree ceremonies. Some areas did not think this would be possible but although it is not to be an agreed practice, the first such presentation is to go ahead at the Ely degree ceremony this year.
Will gave his personal time too, by attending our AGM Gala Evenings and our Faculty Award Ceremonies and by presenting an AOUG Foundation Lecture in 2011. He attended our Twenty First Anniversary Dinner, despite the huge demand on his time of The Open University Open Unlimited event going on, across the road on campus and would have been attending our Silver Anniversary Gala Evening too but for a well-earned extended holiday following his retirement from the OU in December 2012. The awarding of an Honorary Life Membership to Will Swann seems a fitting way to show him all the appreciation we have for his support and guidance over the years.
Proposed by Ramsey Hertzog
Approved by the Officers, the Executive Committee and the members - AGM May 2013