Peter Horrocks

Vice Chancellor, The Open University


Peter Horrocks took up the post of the sixth Vice-Chancellor of The Open University in May 2015. He also serves on the Board for FutureLearn which provides free online courses in partnership with over 100 universities and institutions worldwide.

As Vice-Chancellor, Peter is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University, responsible for providing strategic leadership through his senior executive team, championing the interests of the institution at the highest levels with government, policy makers and funders, and ensuring the long term financial and operational sustainability of the OU.

Peter arrived at the OU after a career with the BBC spanning more than three decades. As Director of the BBC World Service Group, he was responsible for leading the BBC’s international news services across radio, television and online, providing trusted news to over a quarter of a billion people globally every week.

Peter served as a member of the BIS International Education Council and served on Universities UK’s Social Mobility Advisory Group, which supports the delivery of the Prime Minister’s goals to widen participation from disadvantaged and black and minority ethnic communities.

In June 2015 Peter was awarded a CBE for Services to Broadcasting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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