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  • The highest achieving students and alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to an organisation or society have been commended at the 13th annual Open University Business School awards. Among the winners were a publishing manager, retail banker, civil servant and an independent public nurse.

    The winners were congratulated by Professor Rebecca Taylor, Executive Dean of The Open University Business School for their commitment, dedication and unrivalled determination:

    "It was a privilege to meet so many of our talented students and alumni, and to celebrate their successes and achievements during the Awards ceremony. With over 27,000 students per year, in over 80 countries across the world, our winners are the highest achievers in their...

  • Photo of Professor Rebecca TaylorProfessor Rebecca Taylor, Executive Dean of The Open University Business School (OUBS), has been appointed Vice-President (academic) of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

    The EFMD is an international membership organisation with over 800 members from academia, business, public service and consultancy across 81 countries. They provide accreditation services (including EQUIS) that aim to raise the standards of management education around the world.

    Professor Rebecca Taylor (pictured), Executive Dean at OUBS, said of her appointment...

  • The government aims to extend the new pension freedoms to those who have previously bought an annuity by allowing pensioners to sell their annuities from April next year. However an independent study published by The Open University Business School (OUBS) suggests there are fundamental barriers to effective competition for secondary annuities that are likely to prevent pensioners getting a fair deal, and that current government proposals appear insufficient to address this. Stronger intervention to bolster competition and consumer protection is necessary to give the market a chance to succeed.

    To inform the debate academics at The Open University have conducted research into the secondary annuity market – how one might function, what impact different policy options may have,...

  • 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...

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