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Welcome to our business news and events section. Here you will find a mixture of the latest news and upcoming events, as well as information on the latest webinars, free courses and wider workforce L&D news that we think you’ll find interesting.


Event: Business Network Breakfast Briefing at The Open University, Milton Keynes
24 January 2017

Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Associate Dean External Engagement and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at The Open University Business School (OUBS), is leading a Breakfast Briefing event on the topic: The stories we tell ourselves: narrative, emotion and fantasy in strategic decision-making? 

Find out more about the Business Network Breakfast Briefing held by the OUBS.


News: Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University
13 January 2017

Steve Hill discusses his life, education and career-to-date, as well as his role in commercialising and expanding The Open University on a global scale.

Read the full article on International Business Times.


Free course: Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication​ available on FutureLearn during January
5 January 2017

Available via our FutureLearn platform, this free Open University course focuses on improving written and verbal communication skills to increase productivity and effectiveness in the workplace. The course officially starts on 9 January, but can be joined at any time during January.

Access the course and find out more about free Open University business and finance courses available on FutureLearn.


News: Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University, champions skills development for older workers in the battle for talent​
16 December 2016

Within the context of growing skills shortages, longer working lives and shifting workforce expectations, Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University, discusses how employers can tackle these issues by harnessing the untapped talent of older workers.

Read the full article at FE News.


News: FutureLearn launches its first full postgraduate degree MOOCs
12 December 2016

FutureLearn is set to become the first massive open online course provider to offer six postgraduate degrees. The six new postgraduate degrees, of which four are master’s level, are in subjects from Cyber Security and IT, to Financial Planning and Property. The new initiative opens up another route for workplace L&D, especially as it is expected that most students will be “mature, self-directed learners” looking to advance or switch their careers.

Find out more about the new qualification pathway at Times Higher Education.


Event: South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Apprenticeship Event at The Open University
01 December 2016

Together with Cranfield University and Milton Keynes College, The Open University (OU) is hosting an event on Thursday 1 December organised by SEMLEP, to talk about the new word of apprenticeships and what they mean for SMEs. Peter Horrocks CBE, Vice Chancellor at the OU, is opening the event and David Willett, Head of Propositions, is on the business panel.

Find out more about the event.


Ebook: Download a year of insights, from the Open University Business School
23 November 2016

This free ebook collates a year of world-class thinking from Open University Business School, one of HRmagazine's HR Most Influential partners. It explores a wide range of subjects from female board representation to performance-related pay, and the dark side of productivity to being a systems thinker. According to HRMagazine, it's essential reading for HR and leadership professionals.

Download your copy from The Open University Business School website.


News: The Open University wins this year’s Education Investor Award for Higher or Professional Education Provider of the Year
22 November 2016

Visit EducationInvestor Awards to find out more and see who else ended the night as winners.


News: Apprenticeship guide for employers launched at CIPD ACE 2016
9 November 2016

Today at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Manchester, The Open University and KPMG launched ‘Maximising apprenticeships for improved performance and results’, a guide to help employers maximise the operating performance and financial benefits delivered by apprenticeships.


Event: CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016, Manchester Central
9 November 2016

Come and see us on stand E52 for your free guide. We’re also leading a session on how to maximise apprenticeships for improved performance and results on Thursday 10 November. Visit the Conference website to see what else is on.


Webinar: Strategy Matters in Turbulent Times
7  November 2016

This Business Perspectives webinar from The Open University Business School explores business models, strategic growth, digital strategy and big data.

Available on demand, you can watch the webinar now.


Free course: Internet of everything
3 November 2016

Developed in collaboration with Cisco Systems, this course introduces learners to the fundamental concepts and technologies that enable the internet of everything (IoE). The IoE is the networked connection of people, process, data and things.

Access the course and find out more about the IoE and its impacts.

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