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Peter Horrocks CBE
Peter Horrocks CBE

Peter Horrocks CBE


Chair, SEMLEP

Peter Horrocks CBE was Vice-Chancellor of The Open University from 2015 until April 2018. Prior to joining the OU, Peter was Director of the BBC World Service.

At the Open University Peter devised the university’s strategy Students First bringing a new ‘digital by design’ approach to the university’s teaching. He oversaw significant restructuring and the prioritisation of resources for student benefit.

He also chaired FutureLearn, the UK’s only higher education open social learning higher education platform. FutureLearn has over 7 million users globally.

At the BBC, Peter held several roles, including being editor of Newsnight and Panorama, Head of Current Affairs, Head of TV News and Head of Multimedia News. He won two BAFTA awards for his journalism.

In 2015 Peter was awarded a CBE for Services to Broadcasting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Peter throws himself into a variety of local activities – including singing in the Danesborough Chorus, cycling with Team MK and spinning to keep fit at Flitwick Leisure Centre.  He volunteers as a careers adviser in schools and is the chair of members for a local academy schools trust.

He aims to cycle to all parts of the SEMLEP area during his time as Chair. 

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