The Open University in Northern Ireland has over 3600 students supported by 169 tutors and 46 staff based at the headquarters in Belfast.
Over 41,000 students have studied with The Open University in Northern Ireland since 1969.
Over half of our undergraduate students here begin their study without standard higher education entry level qualifications i.e. 1 A Level or less.
There are Open University students in every constituency here.
With around 200,000 students enrolled, including more than 17,000 students overseas, the OU is the UK’s largest academic institution.
17% of our undergraduate students have a disability.
The average age of an Open University student in Northern Ireland is 31.
45% of our students receive financial support for fees.
73% of our students study with The Open University while in work.
In 2016 The Open University was rated the number one university in Northern Ireland for ‘overall student satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey.
The OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn which has had more than 33.7 million visits; materials on iTunes U which have recorded more than 67.1 million downloads; and the OU YouTube channel which has had over 17 million views since it was launched in 2008.
The OU was in the top half of higher education institutions in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (2014). Overall 72% of all OU research was deemed 'world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent’.
The Open University is a global leader in the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the UK via ‘FutureLearn’ a partnership between the OU and other universities, including Queen's University, Belfast, providing free, open, online courses to global audiences.