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John Woodthorpe

John has spent most of his working life in R&D for a manufacturer of aerospace and automotive components. He started teaching on OU residential schools back in the 1980s, and over time has gradually found himself sucked more and more into the OU. He became an OU tutor in the ’90s, working on modules covering Engineering, Arts and IT subjects. He is now a full-time member of the School of Computing and Communication, where he has worked on a range of modules. He is also the Director of Teaching for the School of Computing and Communications in the STEM Faculty.

Outside of the OU, he’s obsessed with cricket, his bass guitar and electronic gadgets. He also has impeccable taste in jumpers.

His favourite thing about the OU is the students – especially seeing new ones grow in confidence and gradually improve their assignment marks as they work through their studies.

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