Each module you study will have dedicated forums. While you’ll mostly use them to discuss topics about your module or complete group work, you can always use them to ask for a bit of input when you’re stuck. Module tutors will engage with and moderate the forums as well, so they can join in if they need to.
Student Support Team
You’ll have access to a subject-specific Student Support Team. If you have any general questions about your study, or are struggling and need to talk through your options, they're there for you.
We’re committed to making study accessible to all, whether you have a disability, health condition, mental health difficulty, or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia). When you sign up for a course or module, we’ll ask you to let us know about any additional circumstances that may impact on your studies. The support we can offer you will depend on the modules you choose to take, but our services include:
- Accessible study materials.
- Specialist equipment.
- Tailored assessment.
- Residential schools support.
- Additional support accessing tutorials and day schools.
- Financial help.
You can find more information about our support on our disability support page.
Open University Students Association (OUSA)
OUSA’s mission is to be the community and voice for all OU students.
As an OU student you’ll automatically be a member of OUSA. Through OUSA, you can attend or create local meet-ups, join a club or society, or get extra help and support from your fellow students.
Juggling study alongside other responsibilities can be challenging – but you’re not alone. OUSA offers a variety of resources, guides and helpline services.
Find out more about opportunities, events and support on the OUSA website.
Get involved in the study forums, both the official ones and the ones run by the Students Assocation. Also keep in mind you are not alone, there are many other students out there going through the same process and probably feeling the same way you do.Caroline Cowan, BSc Psychology
One of the things that always pulled me through was the support of other students. They say distance learning can be a lonely journey, but along the way I met so many wonderful people and felt a great sense of community.Peter Cowan, BA (Hons) Open