Widening participation at The Open University (OU)
Welcome to the Open University's (OU) widening participation website.
Widening participation is at the heart of our mission, firmly embedded in our core values and central to our strategic objectives. In 1969 our mission was to provide educational opportunity to those in society who were excluded from the life chances that higher education could bring. Today, this commitment remains as strong as ever, and we continue to look for ways to extend educational opportunities and achieve social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.