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Brenda Gourley

Brenda GourleyProfessor Brenda Gourley has been Vice-Chancellor of The Open University since 2002.  She shares with The Open University a social justice agenda and a belief in education as a tool to tackle growing inequalities in the global society.

Professor Gourley has been over the years a member of many boards, associations and trusts (both in the public and private sector).  She currently chairs the Association of Commonwealth Universities as well as the Talloires Network’s Global Project on literacy and is non-executive director of Sage Publishers in the UK and AdvTech in South Africa.

A frequent speaker on a broad range of international platforms and issues as well as a contributor to publications around the world, Professor Gourley has also received recognition for her work in the form of fellowships and awards as well as honorary degrees from universities on four continents: University of Nottingham, University of Abertay, Richmond University, Allama Iqbal Open University, the University of Quebec and the University of Pretoria.  She has been named as one of the Global Business Network’s ‘remarkable people’.

Earlier this year Professor Gourley was named as one of the United Kingdom’s most inspiring women in the Women in Public Life awards.  She received the award for International Public Servant of the Year, and the overall award of Outstanding Achiever.

Professor Brenda Gourley was previously Vice-Chancellor at the University of Natal for eight years.  Professor Gourley is a qualified Chartered Accountant and began her career in the private sector before moving into academia.

See M-2009 Programme, Monday morning, 8 June 2009