About the OU

Find out more about The Open University's mission, strategy, management and governance.

OU students at a graduation ceremony at The Barbican
Open University students at a graduation ceremony in Milton Keynes

Mission

The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. Read about how we deliver it.

OU Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean

Vice-Chancellor

The role of the Vice-Chancellor, and the career, activities and contact details of the current OU VC, Martin Bean.

OU graduate and family outside the Barbican

Strategy

We pioneer teaching and learning methods so people can achieve career and life goals, studying at times and in places to suit them.

Ceremonial mace at an Open University graduation ceremony

Management

Administration and governance of the OU, including our formal structure, Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor.

Student working in Open University library

Teaching & learning

How OU-style open learning works, from course development through to delivery to our students.

The Open University's Berrill Building

Faculties & centres

Our faculties and research centres, headquarters at Milton Keynes and operations worldwide.