A New Class of Member for AOUG
The AGM 2017 at Darlington has overwhelmingly voted to allow friends and relations to join our organisation as Associate Members. They will not have any voting rights or be able to join our Executive Committee, however they are very welcome to receive the OMEGA magazine and join our organisation to benefit from our social activities. Previously at the AGM in 2016 we have allowed Students from the OU to join us. The cost is £20 per year year (£24 for Continental Europe and £28 for the Rest of the World), the same as for a full member. They have to be nominated by a full member of AOUG. So let’s welcome as many people as we can to allow our organisation to grow in strength. We have already had a great deal of interest and have received Associate Membership applications, so please spread the word. Associate Membership forms may be obtained from the AOUG Office.
AOUG Prepares for Awards and Lecture in October
Preparations are underway for the Research Awards Ceremony that will be held in The Michael Young Building on Friday 6th October 2017. The Ceremony starts at 12 noon and is followed by The AOUG Foundation Lecture. This year our AOUG 2016 Ted Castle Bursary winner, Tamsin Waterkeyn, is giving the lecture on “The Socio-cultural Impact of Globalisation and English in Saudi Arabia: A Narrative Enquiry”. This will start at 2pm. This is a ticketed event and will cost £10 for all or part of the day. Anyone is welcome but we need to know if you are attending by Friday 8th September. You can obtain your ticket from the AOUG
2018 Annual General Meeting to be held in Castleton, Rochdale
The 2018 AGM Weekend is to be held in the North West at the Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Castleton, Rochdale on 18th – 20th May. Next year will be our 30th year in existence and we hope to celebrate it in style. Please consider joining us - there will be interesting visits planned and a celebratory gala dinner on the Saturday evening. The event is always enjoyed and many members return to meet old friends.
AGM 2018 Booked
2018 is the thirtieth Anniversary for AOUG and we have already booked the venue for the AGM Weekend which will be at the Norton Grange Hotel in Castleton, Rochdale, in the North West Region. This will have a few extra as the thirty is a pearl anniversary and certainly deserves extra celebrations. We are also hoping that all Regions and Nations will organise a special dinner or dinners, somewhere in their area for members t celebrate locally too.
Associate Membership Launch
AOUG is extending a welcome all students on a degree course with The Open University and those who have already completed the equivalent of a degree. As from 13th March 2017 they will be able to join The Association of Open University Graduates as an Associate Member. This Associate Membership will offer them access to Academic and Social events trips and weekends away. Associate Members will also receive our magazine OMEGA, three times a year as well as Local E- Newsletters. The only difference between Associate Membership and full membership is that only full graduate members may stand for election to the Executive Committee or vote for changes in Association policy.
Region and Nation Awards
AOUG wishes to remind anyone who has achieved their Open University Degree this year under extreme adversity that they might be eligible for one of our Awards for the Regions and Nations. Any OU graduate, OU student or OU tutor can nominate a deserving new graduate by completing a nomination form available on this website or in Degree Ceremony AOUG Information packs.
AOUG AGM 2017
Our AGM this year was held at the Palace Hotel, Buxton. The weekend began on Friday at 12 noon and members made a visit to Poole Cavern, this was followed by a local Derbyshire quiz that was held in the evening. Old friendships were refreshed and new ones were made. On Saturday the AGM business was conducted and in the afternoon some members joined a visit to Chatsworth House and Gardens. The Gala dinner was held in the evening with an excellent speaker and band. On Sunday morning members went for a visit to Eyam, in Derbyshire, to hear stories regarding the containment of the Plague. The AGM was held at a lovely venue and all members reported that they felt it was a very successful weekend.