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About the Open University

The Open University is innovative, responsive and inclusive. We deliver world-class, part-time education to people across the four nations of the UK and worldwide. We make a significant contribution to employability and productivity, strengthening the UK economy.

Since 1969, we have promoted educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality education to all those who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. More than 2 million people have experienced this life-changing learning through their study with us.

Our mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas and this means that a commitment to equality is embedded in all that we do. We celebrate diversity and the strengths that it brings, we challenge under-representation and differences in outcomes.

Discrimination arising from individual characteristics and circumstances is not only unlawful, but a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity, preventing individuals, organisations and societies from achieving their growth potential.

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Chancellor of The Open University

Mary Kellett, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University
 

The Open University, established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969, is the leading university for flexible, innovative and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, combining their learning while earning, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.

Our students study flexibly with the experts in distance learning. They’ll have a tutor, and access to lively online tutorials and student forums and all the support they'll need to succeed.

Find out more about the distance learning model for our students at http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/what-study-like/distance-learning

Most of our courses don’t have entry requirements, but there are some things potential students need to think about to be successful in their study. The ‘Am I ready for success?’ tool supports potential students to determine whether OU study is for them and if so, how they can get started: http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/ready-for-success