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The Open University: our work in Northern Ireland

John D'Arcy Nation DirectorThe Open University offers a route into higher education for anyone with a desire to learn. Its open access policy means that traditional entry qualifications are not a requirement for the majority of its courses. No other university makes this unique offer, especially across the full range of university subject areas.

We contribute to local engagement within the community, enable employers to develop their staff, and we make higher education accessible to everyone in Northern Ireland, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

John D’Arcy, National Director since 2010

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.

Infographic Impact in Northern Ireland
Infographic Impact in Northern Ireland


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.

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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

Mar 12

Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 00:00

Apr 9

The Open University in Newry

Monday, April 9, 2018 -

11:00 to 15:30

Newry City Library, 79 Hill Street, Newry, BT34 1DG

The Open University in Ballymena

Monday, April 9, 2018 -

17:00 to 20:00

Ballymena Central Library, 5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena, BT43 5AX

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