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The Open University in Northern Ireland

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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

The Open University hosts visit of Committee for Employment and Learning
Today, The Open University hosted a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Employment and Learning Committee at the OU office in Belfast. 
Celebrating the power of part-time Higher Education in Northern Ireland
On Monday the 7th December, a range of MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly), Ministers and civil servants attended The Open University's Winter Reception at Parliament Buildings to celebrate the power of part-time Higher Education in Northern Ireland.
New OU/BBC collaboration takes viewers on an Irish adventure
The history of Ireland is explored in a new Open University/BBC TV series which looks at its scenery, prominent landmarks, politics, heritage and culture.
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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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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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