AOUG Officers organise an annual academic ‘Foundation Lecture’ on the first Friday of October on campus. Members and Open University staff can purchase tickets for this event, which includes a buffet lunch. If you would like to attend, please contact the AOUG Office aoug@open.ac.uk

The first lecture was held in London in November 1995 and was named ‘The Jean Posthuma Memorial Lecture’ in honour of a long standing London member who had been on the Executive Committe (then known as the National Committee) for many years as both the Publicity Officer and as the Editor of OMEGA. At the 1996 AGM it was agreed to continue with a series of annual lectures in her name.

However by 2008, several very significant members had sadly deceased and it was felt that these members also needed some recognition. Thus a Resolution was presented and passed at the 2008 AGM to change the name and these lectures have ever since been known as ‘The Asociation of Open University Foundation Lecture’ (or ‘AOUG Foundation Lecture’ for short). At first the lectures moved around the UK but in more recent years it was decided to link these with the AOUG Foundation for Education Research Awards Ceremony to create a joint event.

AOUG Foundation Lectures are presented by either prominent members of existing or past OU staff, or by recipients of an AOUG Bursary.


Foundation Lectures:

2023 - Exploring Mars From The Open University

by Dr Peter Fawdon