Welcome to the Student Connections Conference

Acting Dean Ian Fribbance opens the Student Connections Conference with an update about what’s happening in the faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. Accompanied by Associate Deans Alison Green and Troy Cooper this session will outline how the conference works and why connections in our academic community matter.

Presentation time: 
Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 12:00
Presenter(s): 

Alison Green

Alison Green

I graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, which spurred me on to consider further study in psychology. I was awarded a competitive SERC (now EPSRC) studentship to carry out my PhD research on the acquisition of complex skills in the Psychology Department at the University of Aberdeen. Whilst in Aberdeen, I co-founded a small consultancy company and carried out work in the oil industry, which included a fascinating stint on an oil platform in the North Sea.

Ian Fribbance

Ian Fribbance has been Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning Enhancement in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the last 7 years.  He has been with the OU since 2001 and has during that time worked as both a regional and central academic member of staff, and also as an AL simply because he ’likes to teach’.  During his time as Associate Dean, Ian has introduced many changes to the Faculty’s teaching, which have helped push up retention and progression, which is the highest rate of any Faculty.  This has partly been achieved through the implementation of many new ideas ranging from using

Troy Cooper

Troy Cooper

Troy is currently the Associate Dean (Student Experience & Quality). Also as a Staff Tutor, Troy manages the presentation of social sciences courses, including psychology, at undergraduate and postgraduate level in East Anglia. Between 2005 and 2010, she was seconded to Faculty to work as Associate Dean Production overseeing the development of modules, and as Programme Director for the Psychology Programme.