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Equality and Diversity

Equality at the OU

The Open University is innovative, responsive and inclusive. We deliver world-class, part-time education to people across the four nations of the UK and worldwide. We make a significant contribution to employability and productivity, strengthening the UK economy.  Since 1969, we have promoted educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality education to all those who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. More than 2 million people have experienced this life-changing learning through their study with us.

Our mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas and this means that a commitment to equality is embedded in all that we do. We celebrate diversity and the strengths that it brings, we challenge under-representation and differences in outcomes.  Discrimination arising from individual characteristics and circumstances is not only unlawful, but a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity, preventing individuals, organisations and societies from achieving their growth potential.  Further information about equality and diversity is available on the University’s Equality and Diversity website (

Photo of wheelchair road markingDisclosure of equality information

The University monitors the participation and progress of staff in relation to a number of individual characteristics and this information is collected in the recruitment process through an equal opportunities monitoring form. This information is only used to assess the effectiveness of our equality policies and is never disclosed to individuals who do not need to know it. Although the disclosure of this information is entirely voluntary, the University encourages you to provide this information in full when you apply for employment.