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Bob Dylan, I can take him or leave him. Sorry, but it's true. Oh I get that Bob is a big deal. You can bang on all you like about how he's a peerless songwriter and poet and maverick who changed popular culture for ever, and I will nod sagely in agreement.

Setting the wheels in motion

When she is not studying with The Open University, Penelope Weir cycles across Europe, Australia and New Zealand for charity. Rebecca Ford reports

Catherine Cooke

Scholar of Soviet architecture

Part-time study in cyberspace

Distance learning can be lonely, but now interactive teaching can be done by e-mail and students can take part in online tutorials. Nicholas Pyke reports

'You can trust me - I'm a journalist'

Nobody trusts a journalist or a politican, says Yvonne Cook. What's worse is that they don't even trust each other.

`These figures are more about distracting us with bathwater than showing us the baby'

THE EXTRAORDINARY thing about the university performance indicators published last week was that they carried no mention of entry qualifications. While drop-out levels, social background and schools attended were featured, previous attainment, which puts the "higher" into higher education, was nowhere to be seen.

Open Eye: Calling callers

THE OU is seeking enthusiastic and articulate OU graduates and students to help with its telephone fundraising campaign for Spring.

Open Eye: University sets courses for circus performers

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY has produced some high fliers - but none so spectacular as the aerial acrobats who'll be thrilling audiences in the Millennium Dome from the start of the new year.

Open Eye: OU card leads to grizzly bears in Alaska

ALASKA is the best place in the world to see grizzly bears. Imagine salmon swimming upstream and jumping up a waterfall as they try to get to their spawning ground...

Open Eye: Your OU affinity - on a plate

THE OU number plate features a recognisable OU symbol, and the words Open University Alumni Association running along the bottom of the plate.

Open Eye: An affinity deal you can bank on

Ten-year partnership that helps provide our University links

Open Eye: Missions for the new millennium

TIME TO sign off on the second millennium. The English think of 1066 as the beginning of well-documented national history. We can study nearly a thousand years of 1066 and All That and now the re-published Domesday Book allows us to make before-and-after comparisons.

Dozens of firms `escape corporate killings charges'

UP TO 55 cases of corporate manslaughter a year should be brought against companies and directors where employees have been killed in the workplace, according to new research.

5,000 inner-city pupils to sample university classes

INNER-CITY pupils will have the chance to attend summer schools at leading universities in an attempt to persuade them to enter higher education, the Government announced yesterday. Ministers are following an initiative pioneered by Peter Lampl, a millionaire entrepreneur who is running summer schools at four universities.

Open Eye: First Tuesday - Oxymoron? Or is it academic progress?

Exactly what, a German friend asked the other day, is an oxymoron?
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