Association of Open University Graduates
Honorary Life Membership
Roger Walters is not an AOUG Member and would not qualify to become an ordinary member, but without Roger the Association of Open University Graduates might never have been officially recognised and launched by The Open University. It was Roger Walters who Olga Camm was directed to, when he was employed by The Open University in the OU Secretariat, and it was Roger who arranged secretarial and financial support from the OU for the AOUG Steering Committee throughout all our negotiations with the OU prior to the official launch.
In a time when there was no OU Alumni Association, Roger believed in AOUG and worked tirelessly to promote the ideas that the Steering Committee had for an association for OU graduates. He negotiated with the OU from the Vice-Chancellor down through all departments, championing the advantages of having the establishment of this group of graduates that could support each other, acts as ambassadors, proving to local businesses the advantages of employing OU graduates, and offering advice and direction to the OU itself.
It was Roger who argued for our representation on OU Senate and OU Council and who negotiated our Offices on campus and the “friendship agreement” to provide the related support to these Offices. Roger spent long hours, over and above any that he was officially paid for, to be the link between the Steering Committee and the OU in establishing our framework and future development. Throughout our many years, Roger has been there as a confidant and advisor to all AOUG Chairmen. Roger liked Olga's refusal in the early days to be called Association Chair, as in her words “No-one is going to sit on the AOUG Chairman” and thus he announced Chairman for the title when negotiating any issues with the OU and the Chairman title has remained unchanged for that reason. Then when AOUG wished to nominate Olga for an Honorary OU Masters Degree, Roger offered guidance.
Roger retired from the OU in 2012 and the AOUG Chairman and Treasurer were invited to attend his farewell event. During his speech Roger paid tribute to our Association and expressed his continued support of our work. Whilst Roger was employed by The Open University it would not have been appropriate to nominate him for an AOUG Honorary Life Membership, but now seems the most fitting way to show our gratitude.
Proposed by Ramsey Hertzog
Approved by the Officers, the Executive Committee and the members - AGM May 2013