Open Eye: New look planned for PGCE in 2001

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The University has withdrawn its primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teacher training course from next year until 2001 to redevelop it in line with new government guidelines. The secondary PGCE will run until the year 2000, when it will be withdrawn for redevelopment and relaunched in 2001.

Green commuting

A SURVEY by OU researchers suggests that firms are shying away from adopting environmentally friendly Green Transport Plans, one of the key measures featured in the government's recent Transport Policy White Paper, because of their tax implications. The researchers recommend tax and NI reforms to encourage employers to introduce measures such as staff buses, cycle loan schemes and taxi-sharing, to cut pollution caused by staff commuting to work.

Tax and Green Transport Plans, Stephen Potter, Tom Rye and Mark Smith. Available from the OU on 01908 653970, fax: 01908 654052. The survey was sponsored by London Transport.

Improving language teaching

THE OU has won two major European Union contracts to improve language teaching in member countries. The Iliad (International Language Inservice at a Distance) project will involve the university working with the BBC and partner institutions in France, Spain, Sweden and the UK to create interactive multimedia resources for language teaching. These will be available to teachers on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web. For Mendeval (Mentor Development and Evaluation) the OU will be designing courses and providing resources to help experienced teachers support language teaching trainees. OU Professor Bob Moon, who will co-ordinate the programmes within the School of Education, says that unification of Europe has sparked a boom in language education across the continent

Boost for Scots

THE OU in Scotland has offered free tuition to 200 people on low incomes or benefits under an initiative by the Scottish Office to widen participation in part-time higher education. The scheme is funded through a pounds 100,000 grant from the Scottish HE Funding Council.

Has the OU been true to its roots?

This year's Jean Posthuma Memorial Lecture will be given by the Vice- Chancellor, Sir John Daniel, at the Civic Centre, Guildford, Surrey, on 28 November at 2pm. The theme will be Has the OU been true to its roots? Admission is free, but by ticket only on application to AOUG, RAF Hut, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

A discussion session will follow the Lecture and members and guests are planning to adjourn later for dinner. Further information is available from Mrs Olwen Lewis on 01372 463936.