The Open University in Northern Ireland
We are Northern Ireland's top-rated university, and have been consistently rated highest for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 12 years running.
We provide flexible distance learning across Northern Ireland, helping ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.
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Singer, songwriter and Alzheimer’s campaigner Tim Wheeler was honoured by The Open University (OU) with the award of Doctor of the University at a ceremony in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Friday 21 October. Mr Wheeler had his award conferred alongside 277 graduating students – from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers – as well as fellow honorary graduate Ms Catherine Bell CBE.
Academics from The Open University (OU) will be amongst those eagerly anticipating the first ever successful landing by European space scientists on Mars.
The Rosetta Mission will end with a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P on Friday 30 September 2016*; however, its legacy will live on in applications on Earth, developed by academics at The Open University, including detecting cancer and sniffing bed bugs.
Research at the OU ranks in the top third of UK universities, influencing policy and practice from local to global level.
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.
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.