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How you can help us

  • Got a minute to spare? Share your expertise 
  • Got a spare 10 minutes? Share your story
  • Free lunch break? Be an ambassador
  • Got a spare day or two? Volunteer your time
  • Got some spare change? Make a donation
  • Want to leave a legacy?

Be an ambassador

The Open University works on a range of campaigns each year, to highlight the benefit of studying with us, raising awareness of the OU as a Higer Education institution and the impact is has on people's lives; and helping to raise the profile of part-time education while showcasing our amazing students and alumni. What can you do to help? We need the support of our alumni community who know first-hand how valuable part-time education is and the impact study has on lives and careers. You can help by following us on social media and sharing our news, videos and case studies across your own networks, and shouting about the benefits of OU study to your friends, family and colleagues.

An Open University graduate cheering on stage at a degree ceremonyShare your stories and expertise

We want to hear about your OU study experience, how your qualification has impacted your life, how you fit study around other commitments, the support you received and what you're up to now. If you want to tell your story, we'd love to hear from you. You can also share your professional expertise with a network of like-minded alumni on LinkedIn.


Want to give something back? There are plenty of ways you can volunteer your time to your university. You can get involved in one of our telephone campaigns, organise a community fundraising event, or help out at one of our many degree ceremonies. If you want to find out more about being an alumni volunteer at a degree ceremony, please get in touch and we'll send you some information.

Make a donation

We have just over 200,000 students, including more than 13,000 overseas and 20,000 with disabilities. What you might not know is that 67,000 of our students receive some kind of financial assistance with their studies, and that’s thanks to support from our alumni, organisations and friends of the university. Making a donation will benefit those students in financial need, disabled students and other projects aimed at enabling as many people as possible – no matter what their background – to access education and the opportunities that brings.

Leave a legacy

It won’t cost you a penny during your lifetime, but leaving a legacy in your will allows you to pass on the gift of education to others.