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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.


The Independent on Sunday yesterday asked the veteran Labour MP and former minister Tony Benn for his own highlights of the century. Mr Benn, a vociferous critic of New Labour's desire to bury its socialist past and

Letter: GCSEs' success

Sir: It is not the case that "the percentage of [GCSE] candidates awarded a grade C has risen more sharply than the proportion awarded As and Bs" (leading article, 26 August). In fact, the proportions were as follows: A* +0.3 per cent, A +0.2 per cent, B +0.4 per cent, C +0.2 per cent.

Press the button for direct digital democracy

I SEE Sky are playing around with interactive football this weekend. I had a glimpse of the future a few years ago when the cable company Videotron did their own experiment. Technology has doubtless moved on since then, but it was deeply disappointing.

Education: Feathering an empty nest

It's not just new students who can feel a bit lost. Parents find it hard as well.

Open Eye: Paddy's passion for statistics

All establishment operations must be kept on their toes, an OU lecturer tells Fiona Leslie

Open Eye: Graduates go global

If I were to put together a list of Open University graduates' study areas and leisure pursuits, I would fill an encyclopedia or two!


Do you go on holiday more than twice a year? If so, you should consider taking out an annual travel insurance policy.

Open Eye: Chancellor for USOU

Doctor Richard Jarvis has been appointed as the first Chancellor of USOU, the United States Open University. USOU, the OU's sister university, will be offering its first courses to students in America from September this year.

Open Eye: Meet Gilbert and George

They are controversial, they're current... and now they're at the OU - where you could be joining them, courtesy of Open Eye. Gilbert and George, two of the contemporary art world's most talked-about characters, are headlining a series of lectures and events at the OU to celebrate both the opening of Milton Keynes' new gallery, and a new exhibition of their own work within it.

Open Eye: Who governs the University?

From The Vice-Chancellor; Sir John Daniel

Open Eye: Insurance for a bright future

CGU's link with the OU extends beyond a business deal - and into business classes

Letter: Barbaric drug tests


Distance Learning: The benefits of studying at home

A Government initiative encourages people on income support to learn, and the Open University is all set to help.

Open Eye: New study pack puts people first

If working as 'equal people' is a challenge at the best of times, add into the mix three languages and some major cultural differences.

Open Eye: The university challenge: How do we know?

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