Assistant Director, The Open University
Michael Bower is the Assistant Director for The Open University in Ireland for Student Success and External Engagement. In his four years at the OU, Michael has pioneered the development of an online small business growth programme, partnerships with further education colleges, internships with OU students, higher level apprenticeships and a new holistic approach to employer engagement.
Michael has also led UK-wide projects to improve how the OU works with employers and to introduce a virtual internship programme as part of the OU’s Enhanced Employability and Career Progression strategic programme.
Michael was previously a Special Adviser to Dr Stephen Farry MLA while he served as Minister for Employment and Learning.