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Education Naomi Alderman
In her forties she is a regular on Open University courses, giving 45 minutes a day to study taking in an eclectic range of subjects, such as archaeology and material culture, human biology, and modern...
Employer Sarah Waters
SW began writing fiction as she waited, after completing her PhD degree, to hear whether or not she had got a grant which would have enabled her to continue in the academic profession. Since then...
Employer Frances Horovitz
At the BBC and Open UniversityFH established herself as one of the most accomplished readers of contemporary poetry. As Frances Hooker , she read for the BBC's Third Programme (which, with a few shifts...
Employer Sylvia Kantaris
From 1974 (the date that it was launched) until 1984 SK taught twentieth-century poetry for the Open University . In 1986 she became Cornwall's first Writer in the Community.
Kantaris, Sylvia. Lad’s Love. Bloodaxe Books.
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Family and Intimate relationships Maggie Gee
Her mother, the former Aileen Church , would have been christened Eileen if the Church of England vicar hadn't objected that that was an Irish name. Her parents (near neighbours of those of her future...
Family and Intimate relationships Andrea Levy
AL 's mother, called Amy Levy like the Victorian poet, came to England as an immigrant from Jamaica, following her husband by about six months. She had been a teacher in Jamaica, but the only...
Literary responses Anne Lister
It was in connection with her immediate or recent reputation that AL was allegedly fictionalised both in Brontë 's Shirley and Rosa Kettle 's The Mistress of Langdale Hall, 1872.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Scholars like Violet Ingham
Reception Mary Wesley
Early praise for MW 's work came from such different writers as Marghanita Laski and Susan Hill . Other commentators likened her work to that of Rose Macaulay , Elizabeth Bowen , Barbara Pym ...
Reception Mary Stott
MS was awarded the OBE in 1975, and was also made a Fellow of Manchester Polytechnic . The Open University gave her an honoray MA in 1991 and De Montfort University in Leicester gave her...
Textual Production Michelene Wandor
In 1976 MW was one of an Open University team or collective which produced a text for a course in Art and Environment, entitled The Great Divide: The Sexual Division of Labour; or, Is it...
Textual Production Ann Oakley
The many other texts that AO published during this decade include an Open University course entitled The Division of Labour by Gender, 1981, and her biographical article on Millicent Garrett Fawcett for Dale Spender


July 1928: Jennie Lee, a Scottish coalminer's daughter,...

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July 1928

Jennie Lee , a Scottish coalminer's daughter, was selected as Labour candidate for the constituency of Lanarkshire; she was elected to the House of Commons as its youngest member in a by-election in February...

May 1969: The Open University based at the barely-begun...

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May 1969

The Open University based at the barely-begun new town of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire (fruit of Jennie Lee 's University of the Air Advisory Committee) received its royal charter.

January 1971: The Open University began teaching its first...

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January 1971

The Open University began teaching its first courses.

2 June 2003: British Asian writer Monica Ali published...

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2 June 2003

British Asian writer Monica Ali published her first novel, Brick Lane, to resounding success.

July 2010: BPP University College of Professional Studies...

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July 2010

BPP University College of Professional Studies was awarded the status of a university or degree-granting body: only the second private or for-profit organization of this kind in the UK.
Hotson, Howard. “Short Cuts”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 11, p. 19.


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