The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's largest university with around 140,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students. 10,000 of our students have disabilities. The Open University's style of teaching is called supported open learning, combining distance learning with one-to-one support.. <br><br>Qualifications offered extend from certificates of higher education through to research degrees.

The Open University
The OU's headquarters are at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes but the Regional Centre for the East of England is in Cambridge. The OU offers qualifications from certificates,diplomas and foundation degrees through to Masters and PhDs.  Subjects offered include:  Arts and Humanities; Business and Management; Childhood and Youth; Computing and ICT; Education; Engineering and Technology; Environment, Development and International Studies; Health and Social Care; Health Sciences; Languages; Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Psychology; Science; Social Sciences; Social Work; and Sport and Fitness. More than 140,000 people study with the OU at undergradaute level.

Research is at the heart of the OU's work - underpinning the teaching it provides. It also informs the programmes it makes with the BBC, reaching 40 million viewers every year and features in the OU's myriad open education resources - massively extending global access to higher education. Thousands of hours of free learning are available through the OU's OpenLearn www.open.edu/openlearn and free university courses through www.futurelearn.com.

The OU performed well once again in the 2015 National Student Survey released by HEFCE. THe OU was given an overall satisfaction rating of 90% making it one of only three Higher Education Institutions to consistently score 90% or above every year since 2007 when the survey started.

To find out about studying with the OU call 0300 303 5303 or visit the websitewww.open.ac.uk.

The OU and Business
The Open University, The Open University Business School and Centre for Professional Learning and Development provide professional and management skills development that deliver immediate benefit to businesses and their staff. More than 50,000 students are sponsored by their employers and about 70% of undergraduate students are in full-time employment.
To find out more about what the OU can offer visit www.open.ac.uk/employers. Corporate enquirers should call 0300 303 0122 or +44 (0) 1908 655767 if calling from outside the UK.

Research and Consultancy
The OU supports a vibrant research portfolio and fosters research teams who compete with top ranked institutions in the UK and worldwide.  Consultancy is an important acitivity through which The Open University can encourage and support industry and businesses.

The Open University's results in the Research Excellence Framework published in December 2014 demonstrate world leading research excellence in many of its subjects. The OU is unique among UK universities in having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.

If you would like to discuss whether a member of OU staff could act as a consultant to your organisation, please email: Innovation-Enterprise@open.ac.uk.

OU Careers Advisory Service
For individuals, this service provides professional careers and educational advisers in every UK region to support course choice and career planning.
For employers, this service may be useful if you would like to recruit OU students and graduates, find out more about the labour market, understand more about the OU student profile or sponsor employees' professional and management development.
For more information visit www.open.ac.uk/careers.

Global Partnerships
The Open University works with partners in the UK and internationally in a variety of ways to deliver scalable, high-quality education to students, with the option of tailoring to suit local needs. Our content licensing partnerships provide educational institutions around the world  with the opportunity to license OU course material to enhance and supplement their offer. Our partnership models include:  marketing partnerships, progression partnerships, licensing partnerships, teaching partnerships and the validation of qualifications.  We are also open to other ideas for partnerships.
To find out more, visit our Global Partnerships website www.ouworldwide.com/global_partnerships.asp.

International Direct Students
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality online degrees and distance learning/e learning, serving students across the world with highly respected degree qualifications, including the triple accredited MBA degree.  We have around 150,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students.  Around 17,000 of our students live and study with us outside of the United Kingdom. The Open University's style of teaching is called supported open learning.  Whether at home, at work or on the move; The OU's innovative teaching methods and materials give you the flexibility you need and bring studying to life in a way never seen before.  Study through podcasts, downloads, DVDs, and forums.  Access material through a range of devices; from PC to tablet to smartphone.
To find out more, visit our international student website www.openuniversity.edu or call our international student advisors on +44 303 303 0266.

 


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Courses
The OU offers over 570 courses leading to some 250 qualifications from NVQs and Foundation degrees through to Masters and PhDs.

Subjects offered include: Accountancy; Arts and Humanities; Business and Management; Childhood and Youth; Computing and ICT; Education; Engineering and Technology; Environment, Development and International Studies; Health and Social Care; Health Sciences; Languages; Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Psychology; Science; Social Sciences; Social Work; and Sport and Fitness.

Browse our undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses for more information www.open.ac.uk/study

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