Open University appoints Martha Lane Fox as chancellor

The Open University has appointed the government’s former digital champion Martha Lane Fox as its chancellor.

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The Open University has appointed the government’s former digital champion Martha Lane Fox as its chancellor.

She is taking over from Lord Puttnam, who is stepping down after more than seven years in the role.

Baroness Lane Fox of Soho, co-founder of Lastminute.com, stepped down as digital champion late last year. She was instrumental in the creation of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the move to a single domain for all government information, Gov.uk, which has become an award-winning website.

The distance learning university welcomed Lane Fox’s digital experience. As chancellor, she will be the public face of the university, acting as its ambassador with supporters around the world and attending degree ceremonies.

“Just like the OU, Martha has always been a tireless advocate for all things digital, constantly working to unleash the incredible power of technology to transform and improve the way we live, work and study,” said Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of The Open University.

Lane Fox will be formally installed as chancellor later this year, and will take up her formal duties from September.

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