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The Open University in Northern Ireland

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About us

We are Northern Ireland's top-rated university, and have been consistently rated highest for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 11 years running.

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We provide flexible distance learning across Northern Ireland, helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. 

Find out more about studying with us or browse our full range of courses and qualifications.

Routes to Learning

Routes to Learning

Routes To Learning is a guide that will structure a route through a range of free online resources from The Open University's award-winning website. 

Latest news

Need some inspiration to get started with your novel? Always wanted to write but not sure how to begin?
The creative writing programme at the John Hewitt International Summer School includes eight writing workshops over three days, plus an additional Saturday session of workshops dedicated to getting published and promoting your work.   
The Online Business Exchange: 48 hrs to upgrade your business skills for free
The Open University Business School (OUBS) is running a free 48 hour online event for managers, business leaders and students to exchange ideas, join in discussions and hear from leading academics and top practicing global managers.
Launch of partnership between The Open University and Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
This new partnership between The Open University and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC ICTU) opened the doors to learning to a quarter of a million trade union members in Northern Ireland.  
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Research at the OU ranks in the top third of UK universities, influencing policy and practice from local to global level.

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We work with employers, community groups and other organisations across Northern Ireland to offer a range of learning opportunities to a range of sectors of our society.

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Free Online Learning

We make Open University teaching and learning resources available free of charge to anyone with access to the internet, no matter where in the world they live.

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