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Professor Andy Lane

Professor of Environmental Systems

Department of Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
The Open University
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Professor Lane has a BSc in Plant Sciences and a PhD in Pest Management from the University of London. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management and serves on their Training, Education and Career Development Committee. He is also a Chartered Environmentalist and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has been at The Open University since 1983 and held various offices in the former Technology Faculty (now Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology) including being Head of the Systems Department (1998-99), Associate Dean (1992-97) and Dean (2000-06). He is currently the Programme Director for Postgraduate Technologies and Computing.

Professor Lane was seconded as the founding Director of The Open University’s multi-award winning OpenLearn Initiative from 2006-09. He has taken a prominent role in the OU’s work on Open Educational Resources including serving as a Board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008-10 and being involved in a number of European OER initiatives such as MORIL and OER-HE . He was also a Senior Fellow in the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education at the OU from 2009-12.


Caird, S, Swithenby, E, Lane, A (2015) ‘The SusTEACH Methodology: Assessment of the environmental impacts of Higher Education Teaching Models and development of an Environmental Appraisal toolkit’, report for The Open University - update on 2012 SusTEACH toolkit