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US appointment to The Open University’s executive team

The Open University has welcomed a new Executive Dean of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) from the USA.

As the Executive Dean of WELS, Professor of Psychology and Wellbeing Fary Cachelin will look after the overall management of the faculty. It is her responsibility to ensure that students receive the highest quality experience and have the greatest opportunity to succeed. 

Fary, who lives with her husband, two children and their dog, said: “The Open University is at the forefront of leading the transformation in teaching, learning and how education is delivered.

“I believe The Open University, and the faculty of WELS play a major role in shaping and defining education that widens participation and aspires to cross the boundaries of nations and cultures to make a global impact.

The California native, who has Middle Eastern heritage, is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team, contributing to the University’s strategic direction. Fary added: “As part of the strategic direction I want to make sure we maximise diversity in the faculty.

“Increased diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness benefit our students, staff, and the institution by bringing richness of views, knowledge and experiences.”

Fary also plans to concentrate on:

  • innovation and change, whilst paying heed to history
  • advocating an environment where staff and students can excel
  • building community relationships, locally and globally.

“We are looking ahead to a bright future, where our mission is a force for good in global society”, she said.

The Open University Vice-Chancellor Mary Kellett said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Fary on board.

“She brings with her a wealth of experience that will help to grow this fledgling faculty and ultimately help our students succeed and achieve their dreams.”

Fary joins The OU from her role as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Community and Civic Engagement and Dean of the College of Applied Health and Communities at the University of East London.

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