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Our work

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Fututre Nurse Programmes

We train more health and social care staff across the UK than any other higher education provider.

Working with business in Northern Ireland

The Open University supports economic growth in Northern Ireland through professional development of employees and partnerships with employers.

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Northern Ireland's new Social Work degree

This academic year we launched a new Social Work degree for Northern Ireland. 

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Widening access to higher education

We work with local communities and organisations to widen access to higher education for individuals and groups.

Knowledge exchange

We work with local industry in Northern Ireland to create links between academic knowledge and research with local business to support innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Policy and public affairs

We work to help shape higher education and related public policy to support the needs of our learners across Northern Ireland.

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Local engagement

We organise events, workshops and seminars in partnership with festivals and cultural initiatives across Northern Ireland.

Further Education partnerships

The Open University holds a number of key partnerships with the local Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland.

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Our student talent pool

Open University students are unique and their skills can benefit local businesses in Northern Ireland.