By Marcus Leach

The Open University has appointed Professor Rebecca Taylor as Dean of its Business School and Law School.

Professor Taylor was previously Associate Dean at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and has extensive experience within the business education sector. She has a PhD in Economics and has directed several HEFCE-funded projects related to the development and dissemination of online teaching and learning resources for Economics and the wider Social Sciences.

Professor Taylor is also an Associate Director of the Economics Network at the University of Bristol and has worked with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across the Social Sciences.

The Open University Business School is one of the world’s leading business schools, recognised for the high quality of its programmes and teaching which are supported by cutting edge management and legal research.

“I feel very privileged to have joined the University and to be part of such an innovative team, dedicated to inspiring students worldwide to achieve their career ambitions," Professor Taylor, Dean of the Open University Business School and Law School, said.

"Since starting in the role, I have been impressed by the School’s study method of practice-based, action learning that ensures what you learn today, you can put into practice tomorrow. This is especially evident in our newly-updated MBA programme, which is equipping students with the skills and experience to contribute straightaway to the success of their employers.

“I look forward to building on the School’s strong record of success, welcoming new students, forging new relationships with business and working more closely with our loyal and enthusiastic alumni.”

The Open University Business School is one of the 56 elite triple-accredited business schools worldwide (December 2011).The MBA was rated 4th in the UK and 9th in the world by The Economist (2010) and has resulted in 22,300 successful MBAs.

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