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The Open University: our work in Northern Ireland


Our story

The Open University is one of three universities in Northern Ireland. At our core, we are open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality, university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

We focus on widening access to higher education, irrespective of background or circumstances, and helping our employers to develop and upskill their workforces.

We offer a wide range of courses and qualifications, we support our students and staff, undertake projects around learning enhancement, and engage with key higher education stakeholders and policymakers.


The OU at 50

The OU at 50

We celebrate our milestone 50th birthday in 2019. For the past half century, The Open University’s mission has been to open up education for all. Find out more about our unique story, meet some of our graduates and read about how we’re marking our anniversary.

Courses and qualifications

No matter where you live in Northern Ireland you can study with us – at a time and place that suits you.

Our strategy

The Open University offers a route into higher education for anyone with a desire to learn. There are no entry requirements to study with us – it’s the qualifications you leave us with that count..

John D'Arcy in conversation

Raising awareness

We are committed to raising the profile of part-time higher education and the needs of part-time students by engaging with the Northern Ireland Assembly and government departments through our Policy and Public Affairs team.

We are a fairtrade university 2018

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Explore our qualifications and courses by requesting one of our prospectuses today.

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Contact Us:

For general enquiries / reception,
call +44 (0) 2890 245025   

The Open University,
110 Victoria Street,
Belfast, BT1 3GN

We are open 09:30 - 16:30 Monday to Friday.

Accessibility statement:

The Open University Accessibility Statement for the Belfast office

Upcoming events

Jan 24

Nursing Roadshow - Altnagelvin Hospital

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00 to 15:00

Altnagelvin Hospital, Clinical Education Centre, Theatre 3 or 4, Glenshane Road, Derry, BT47 6SB.

Jan 28

Nursing Roadshow - Craigavon Area Hospital

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 14:30 to 16:30

Craigavon Area Hospital, Board Room, 68 Lurgan Rd, Portadown, Craigavon BT63 5QQ.

Jan 29

Nursing Roadshow - Daisy Hill Hospital

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00

Daisy Hill Hospital, Bernish House, 5 Hospital Road, Newry BT35 8DR.

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