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Laura Dowie

Laura Dowie has been recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s Top 40 Under 40

Laura Dowie, Events and Degree Ceremonies Co-ordinator for The Open University has been included in the Northern Ireland 40 under 40 List which recognises talented individuals in business in Northern Ireland. 

17th May 2018
Ken Bates, Pru Bates, Maggie Bates and Paddy Bates

Maggie Masters her Education with the OU

Maggie Bates, 37, from Bangor, graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from The Open University (OU) on Friday 20th April in Croke Park.

4th May 2018
Paddy McCall and Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks

From pulling pints to cracking code

A father of two young children Paddy McCall, 37 from Dungannon, decided to start studying for a degree in Computing and IT with The Open University  during 2015, with the goal of transitioning from working in retail to a career in software development.  He met the Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks recently, in the Belfast office.

15th March 2018
John D'Arcy, National Director

Highlights from 2017...

As 2017 comes to an end, take a look back over what has been a fantastic year for The Open University. 


12th December 2017

OU hosts panel discussion on Languages of Ulster

On 22 November, The Open University in Ireland hosted a discussion event on the recent BBC/OU co-production Languages of Ulster. The three-part documentary series, explored Ulster’s unique linguistic traditions – Irish Gaelic, northern Hiberno English and Ulster-Scots – and the relationship between them.

22nd November 2017
Nessa O'Mahony

OU academic publishes new book: Metamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid

Nessa O’Mahony, Associate Lecturer at The Open University (OU) is co-editor of a new international poetry anthology Metamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid. 

17th November 2017
ESRC Festival of Social Science

2017 ESRC Festival NI organised by The Open University

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science in Northern Ireland took place from 4-11 November 2017.

11th November 2017
Languages of Ulster

New TV series unlocks the Languages of Ulster

A fascinating, new three-part documentary series, co-produced by The Open University and BBC Two Northern Ireland was broadcast in November. It explored Ulster’s unique linguistic traditions – Irish Gaelic, northern Hiberno English and Ulster-Scots – and the relationship between them.

8th November 2017
Colm Tóibín

Award-winning author, Colm Tóibín, joins 258 students for degree ceremony in Belfast

Author and academic Colm Tóibín 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 20 October. Professor Tóibín had his award conferred alongside 258 graduates – of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers – as well as fellow honorary graduate Professor Martin Bradley.

26th October 2017
Darren Lemon, General Manager eir Business NI. John D'Arcy National Director The Open University

Recruitment partnership launched to boost skills pipeline

eir Business NI, one of Northern Ireland’s leading telecoms and technology companies, has joined forces with The Open University to provide local students with development and learning opportunities. 

25th October 2017