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OCA appoints new Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Our distance learning college, the Open College of the Arts (OCA), has appointed Will Woods as its new Principal & Chief Executive Officer.

Joining OCA from the Open University, where he currently works as Head of Strategic Planning and Policy, Will has more than twenty years’ experience in distance education.

He said: "I feel excited and honoured to be joining this organisation with such a powerful social mission to increase access to arts education through distance learning, which is something I am equally passionate about. I am looking forward to getting started and building on the success of my predecessor.”

The OCA joined with UCA in November last year, adding distance learning and online degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level to UCA’s course portfolio. The agreement also builds on the vision of OCA’s founder, Michael Young, of making creative arts education accessible to everyone.

Will, who has an arts background, will take up his new post in September.

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