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Teaching & learning

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

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The OU story

The story of The Open University from early political thinkers through to our 40th anniversary in 2009 and beyond.

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Facts & figures

Statistics and information on OU students, alumni, honorary graduates, courses and programmes, staff, funding, disability and employment.

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Nations, faculties & research

The OU in the UK nations and a directory of The Open University’s faculties and research centres.

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