If, hypothetically, the Open University were to take over ownership of the telescope as David implies with his post (and which I can neither confirm nor deny), do you really think they would lock it down for internal use only?
They already have a (bigger) live-use robotic telescope they can use for this purpose (PIRATE). The autonomous highly-scalable nature of the BRT would be rather wasted on such a use. Consider also the Open University's dedication to public engagement, e-learning and the provision of high quality learning opportunities for all through partnerships with the BBC etc. Also consider the remote-nature of OU teaching and their astronomy department with strong links with the UK Space Agency.
Do you really think the telescope being in the hands of the OU would be worse
than it being at Bradford? Would they really make less good use of it?
I wonder what the current problem is that has stopped the telescope working the past few weeks?
Some frustratingly trivial problem. A log file got too big or something I think. It also under a snow drift at the moment, but that's a separate issue.