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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 12 years running.

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

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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

OU and CADA NI host event exploring the Sustainable Development Goals
The Open University, in conjunction with the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA) NI hosted a seminar in Belfast exploring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
OU academic amongst team of astronomers to discover an Earth-like planet
An international team of astronomers has detected a planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The research, which has been published in Nature to a global audience, suggests that the planet is at just the right distance from Proxima Centauri for liquid water to exist on its surface and has the potential to support life.
The OU in Northern Ireland tops student satisfaction poll for twelfth year running
The Open University has again been rated the top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). The OU received a rating of 91% for overall student satisfaction making it the twelfth year in a row that the OU has topped the university student satisfaction table 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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Our work

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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