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  • FutureLearn logoFutureLearn, the social learning platform owned by The Open University, has announced today (26 May 2016) that learners will now be able to use its massive open online courses (MOOCs) to earn academic course credits towards degrees and an MBA, professional qualifications and formal CPD accreditation. 12 FutureLearn Programs* from eight leading higher education institutions from around the world, including The Open University Business School, are rolling out in 2016.

    The new Programs on FutureLearn will enable learners to take part in high-quality online courses and deliver access to some of the top...

  • A forum held by The Open University Business School’s (OUBS) dedicated research centre, The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin) to launch its latest free online course asked financial luminaries on the forum panel “What one piece of personal finance advice would you give?”

    • Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics, member of Monetary Policy Committee: “Consider new entrants (banks and other financial services providers), look beyond the high street names.”
    • Sir Brian Pomeroy, non-executive FCA Board Member from 2009 until 2016 and was Senior Partner of Deloitte Consulting until 1999: “Be curious, ask your adviser questions when looking for a...
  • Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership logoThe Open University Business School (OUBS) has announced the launch of its first free online course as part of the newly established Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL). The philanthropically funded centre will become a primary resource for voluntary sector organisations giving access to leadership development modules and research-led insight.

    The first free module, also known as a Badged Open Course (BOC), is Introducing the Voluntary Sector. It is an eight week course covering the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including the structure...

  • Seven UK business schools make the Top 10

    QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2016 logoThe largest-ever QS Distance Online MBA Rankings have been released by higher and business education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. As motivated learners attempt to balance their educational goals with their careers and personal lives, the online MBA programmes are becoming increasingly popular among candidates, while a growing number of employers are recognising the value of the MBA qualification delivered with the support of technology.

    The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings attempt to...

  • CEO Magazine Global Online MBA Rankings #6CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, EMBA and Online MBA programmes.

    This year, The Open University Business School (OUBS) is ranked joint sixth in the Global Online MBA Rankings, alongside IE Business School.

    The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings are designed with applicants in mind, and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods,...

  • The Open University is developing the UK’s first community based website that will allow people in Milton Keynes to have greater control of their energy needs. Through the use of interactive data analytics and information from local energy suppliers, individuals or groups can more effectively use the resources available.

    The Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE) will be run by SmartKlub in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, Community Action: MK, Satellite Applications Catapult, Tech Mahindra and The Open University. The £626,803 project is part funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency a public body sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

    The project team will develop an interactive data analytics platform and website designed...

  • True Potential PUFin logoTwo-thirds (64%) of UK employees have never received any personal finance education, according to research commissioned on behalf of the Open University Business School (OUBS) and Share Radio.

    The research also revealed that while many employees claim to have a reasonable level of financial knowledge, what they have most recently learnt has often been the result of a kneejerk reaction to a major life event, such as leaving school or buying a first property, as opposed to being taught. Almost half (44%) of those surveyed also confessed that major life events were also the last time new...

  • The Open University (OU) is pleased to announce the launch of the university’s 2016 Entrepreneurship Competition which officially opened on Tuesday 1 December 2015. The competition will help students and recent graduates take their business ideas forward by securing cash prizes to invest in their ventures.

    There are two distinct awards – the ‘New Business Challenge’ and the ‘Innovation Award’.


    For venture proposals that have been, or will be, developed into a full business plan. Simply submit your business plan via email to be reviewed by the shortlisting panel. Winners in this category will also be the OU’s submission to the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

    The cash prizes are Postgraduate £7,500 and...

  • AMBA logoThe Open University Business School has been shortlisted for the Association of MBAs (AMBA) Innovation Award which recognises new practices, risks and creativity initiated around AMBA-accredited programmes.

    The AMBA Awards celebrate MBAs at the forefront of leadership excellence. To recognise the talents and contributions made by accredited schools and their students to the MBA arena and the wider community, the Association of MBAs presents three annual awards to outstanding business schools, start-ups and students who represent the true value of accredited MBA programmes. All awards are designed to...

  • The new state pension is being introduced in April 2016 and while there’s been a fanfare about it, consumer research commissioned on behalf of The Open University Business School’s (OUBS) dedicated research centre, The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin), has found that many consumers are confused by their likely entitlements.

    The full amount of the new state pension will be about £155 a week and its conditions include:

    • you may get less than the full amount if you were contracted out before 6 April 2016
    • you need 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions to get the full amount
    • you may get more than the full amount if you have over a certain amount of Additional State Pension
    • ...

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