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Milton Keynes Campus

aerial view of OU campus

The Open University has its headquarters at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes, which is 80km north of Central London, midway between Oxford and Cambridge, and just off the M1 motorway, linking it to Birmingham and the north of England.

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Academics at Milton Keynes

Around 1,200 full-time academics are based at the Milton Keynes campus, along with some 250 of our 1,400 full-time and part-time postgraduate research students.

Faculties and research centres

Jobs at the Open University

Research at Milton Keynes

The University has invested significantly in its infrastructure for research, increasing laboratory space at Milton Keynes headquarters by nearly 50 percent in the last seven years.  Our  newest facility is the Jennie Lee Building, which houses dedicated laboratories for pervasive computing and deployment of ambient and ubiquitous technologies.

Services at Milton Keynes

Our students and academics are supported by around 4,000 administrative, technical, secretarial and student services staff. Among the administrative and service units with a public-facing role who are based at Walton Hall are:

Development Office (alumni relations)


Media Relations 

Open University Students' Association

Open University Validation Services

Open University Worldwide

Student Services  

Milton Keynes community

The OU plays an active role in Milton Keynes life. Among  the local networks in which it is a partner, member or sponsor are:

Milton Keynes Technology Network

Milton Keynes Enterprise Hub

University Centre Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Bletchley Park

Open Day

The campus is open to students, alumni supporters and local residents at Open Days held every two to three years. In 2009 the OU celebrated its 40th anniversary by opening up the campus at the Open Unlimited event.

Open Unlimited photos



picture of eyetracking heatmap


This heatmap is from an eyetracking study of online materials done in our laboratories in the Jennie Lee building.