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Equality and diversity annual report

The University’s Equality and Diversity Annual Report provides information about significant achievements and developments in the past year. It provides insights on our work to mainstream equality across all our functions and on specific projects and activities that aim to advance equality as well as promote and foster good relations.  View the annual reports 

Monitoring reports

We publish reports annually that provide comprehensive monitoring information, including data tables and charts related to governance, staff and students, across a wide range of participation and progress indicators at an institutional level.  View the monitoring reports  

Open University Students Association (OUSA) – social forums

This  website contains information about student forums set up and run by students and includes forums related to different languages such as Chinese, French, German, Italian and Welsh, listed under the ‘travel and languages’ category. View OUSA Live 

Staff Leadership and Mentoring

Aspire ~ Leadership and Mentoring Programme

This programme aims to support career development for ethnic minority and disabled staff at the OU through a combination of mentoring, facilitated workshops and ongoing activities.  It is open to all staff at all grades self-identifying as ethnic minority or disabled. 

Aspire ~ Plus

This is a leadership mentoring and development programme for OU staff who have completed the Aspire~ mentoring programme. 

Staff Networks

The University has a number of staff networks related to race:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network
  • Hong Kong Chinese Network
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Special Interest Group

Employee Assistance Programme

OU staff have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a support/counselling service provided by PPC Worldwide for the OU. The EAP covers a range of issues such as sickness, family issues, finances etc.