Walton Hall campus - Jennie Lee building
The OU Award winning grounds.
Built on the site of the Jennie Lee library, and opened in 2008, the building houses the Institute of Educational Technology (IET).
In April 1973 Jennie Lee laid the foundation stone for the University’s first library, which opened in 1974.
She had been one of the earliest women MPs and in 1965 Harold Wilson appointed her as Minister of the Arts with additional responsibility for a ‘University of the Air’.
It was Jennie Lee who formulated the first solid ideas about the University, how it would be run, its independence from other educational institutions and that it would be open to all with no necessity for previous qualifications.
Lee retained a very close relationship with the University and bequeathed her personal and political papers to the institution.
She died in 1988.