The Open University

World class distance learning open to all

There is no ‘typical’ OU student.

People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons – to boost their employability, chase a dream job, or prove that they can do it, to name just a few. The OU is open to them all and we want our students to Dream, Believe and Succeed.

We’ve helped more than 2 million people realise their dreams since we were founded in 1969. We promote equal opportunity and social justice through world class distance education for anyone who wants to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. This means that a commitment to equality is embedded in all that we do and our ‘Students First’ strategy includes a commitment to improving access and success for students from all backgrounds.

We’re are proud sponsors of the National Diversity Awards for the fifth year in a row and are members of a number of organisations promoting inclusiveness: we’re a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a member of the 30% Club, as well as a bronze award holder for the Disability Standard from the Disability Forum and the Athena SWAN Charter from the Equality Challenge Unit.

About the OU
We have more than 180 industry-respected courses to choose from including undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, certificates and diplomas. Our flexible courses allow students to plan their studies around their lives – be that work, children or any other commitments.

We’re one of only four UK universities to consistently achieve more than 90% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and 88% of our students said their career benefited from the skills and knowledge they gained during their studies. Find out what it’s like to study with us.

We are the UK’s largest university with over 170,000 students and we have students in over 140 countries around the globe. We undertake development work worldwide, including programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia addressing areas such as frontline health, teacher education and English language teaching.

Working for the OU
We pride ourselves on meeting all the requirements of a diverse range of staff – we owe our success to them. Our management and staff networks have a close relationship, as well as mentoring and career development programmes, film shows, exhibitions and seminars to raise awareness.

Our equality scheme also includes a clear framework to make sure all staff and students are given the best possible support to achieve their goals.

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