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Welcome Week

Starting your studies with the OU for the first time can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but not to fear, ‘Welcome Week’ is here to help you settle in.

No doubt you’ll have plenty of questions about setting out on your studies. The great news is you’ve just joined a hugely supportive community and Freshers gives you an opportunity to pose questions to those in the know on whatever topic you like. 

It’s also a great chance to...

  • make study contacts
  • find out what support is available when times get tricky
  • and how you can share your interests with like-minded students.

​We’ll be running Facebook chats on a variety of topics throughout the week (23rd - 30th January 2017) including what the OU Students Association does and how you can get involved.

See the FAQS below for further details.

Don't forget you can also chat along whenever it suits you on the Welcome Forum, which is open all year round!


Welcome Week Schedule January 2017

Introduction to love/break-up letters: the OU Library

Facebook Live 12 noon - 12:15pm

In this 10 minute live video at an OU Librarian will introduce the concept of love letters and break-up letters as a way to gather valuable feedback. You will be invited to send in your feedback about the OU Library via this fun method.

The Disabled Student Voice: the Disabled Students Group:

Facebook Live 6pm - 8pm

This will be your chance to learn more about the new Learning Experience Reporters (LER) role. As well as Discussions on "Do Disabled Students feel there voice is being heard by the OU?" and "How can the OU help Disabled Students communicate their opinions?"

Facebook Careers Chat: Your Student Voice Matters

1pm – 2pm. Your opinion counts! Give us your thoughts, views and suggestions on our services. During this Facebook chat session, you are invited to come along for an informal conversation about different aspects of Careers and Employability Services, and in particular our website. We’d like to ask you some questions, but it’s also a chance for open discussion too – what should we do more of? What could be made better? What are we missing? – come and talk to us, we’d love to hear from you!

Online Student Consultation

The student consultative structure is one of the ways in which the University listens to the student voice. An annual online meeting seeks the views of international students on matters affecting their studies.

Library 'You said we did' animation

This animation will highlight the many ways that the OU Library have listened to your feedback and acted on it. This animation will be promoted during the week on the OU Library’s Facebook and Twitter.

Find out more by emailing:

Online consultation forum

As part of Student Voice Week we have organised a special online forum-based consultation at open to all students about how the OU listens and responds to your feedback. We want to hear from you about how we can improve our end of module survey, other ways in which you would like to tell us what you think and how we can best let you know what we’re doing in response to your feedback.

The forum is open now and will close at 12 noon on Monday, 20 March. We look forward to hearing from you!

Student Voice Symposium

Library Ground Floor 12 noon - 1.45pm

We warmly welcome you to our first Student Voice Symposium hosted by the Student Association. Come along to learn about student voice, representation and how to get students involved in your decision making. Free refreshments!

Get in touch:

Learning about Accessibility: The Disabled Students Group

DIGILAB Library Ground Floor 11am - 2.30pm
There will be demonstrations of a variety of DSA accessible equipment and software and the chance to try them. Disabled Students Group students will be explaining how they and other students cope with studying as a disabled student.

PLEXUS: Academic Transition for LGBT+ Students

Facebook Chat 7pm - 8pm Join the Chair of PLEXUS (our newly affiliated LGBT+ group) to talk about barriers to progression and retention for LGBT+ students. We invite you to share your ideas and thoughts in this relaxed online environment, and learn more about what PLEXUS have in store for you in the future.

Find out more:



“Hearing the student voice during module production” Presented by Trina Havard

Seminar: 12.30pm - 2pm Meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee Building.

Get in touch:

Grassroots Projects Findings

The Student Association 6pm - 7pm Facebook chat

Join the Grassroots Project Lead and our Student Executive Officer to talk about your Student Community, and to find out the results of the recent Student Community Survey.

Get in touch:

Student Voices Day!

OU Student Association 10.30am – 3.30pm

We are looking for a group of eight students to give their views at an event on campus. On this day, we will would like to hear views on projects that could potentially have a big effect on OU students: Surveys, Policies affecting students and academic assessments.

Get in touch:

Focus group - Online training sessions

Via OU Live 7 - 8pm The Library

Join us in OU Live on the evening of Thursday, 16 March for a focus group exploring your expectations, preferences and needs around how the OU Library delivers online training sessions or less formal online learning events.

Use Your Student Voice to tell the Careers Service what you want

An interactive OU live 1 – 2pm

Come and chat with Careers and Employability Services online to give us your ideas and thoughts on our forums and webinars. We will briefly outline our services, but it’s really a chance for you to tell us what topics are of interest to you, what can we do better, what are we missing? Our Employer Team will be on hand too and they need your help to make sure they are making the right connections and finding the opportunities that you really want. What kind of employer do you want to work for? How do you feel about internships? Your feedback can make a real difference to how our team works for you, so come along and talk to us.

Milton Keynes Student Consultation

10am – 4pm. The student consultative structure is one of the ways in which the University listens to the student voice. An opportunity is and opportunity for students to discuss issues face-to-face with staff and Associate Lecturer representatives.

In the Studio

OU Student Association 5pm – 6.30pm in the Berrill Lecture Theatre and streamed on Facebook Live

Join the Students Association for a special STUDIO event - We’ll be joined by elected Association representatives and Open University staff members from the Library, Careers and Employability Services and the Consultation Office. All students and staff are welcome to attend to ask questions, as our guests discuss how the student voice is represented throughout the Open University. This event will also be streamed live from the Berrill Lecture Theatre to our Facebook page.



Welcome Week FAQs


What’s a Facebook chat?

  • Ever been invited to an event on Facebook? This is just the same, except the venue is the discussion wall of the event page. You can join the chat remotely, and if it’s your first time, we’ve put together a list of Tips for these online events to help you get the most out of them.
  • See an example of one of last year’s Facebook chats to give you a flavour: Welcome to the OU Student Community!


What is Periscope and how can I get involved? 

  • Periscope is a Social Media tool which allows you to film and stream live video. If you have a Twitter account you can use it to log in, alternatively you can log in with your phone number.


What is Student Hub Live?

  • Student Hub Live is an online broadcast run by The Open University. A few of your student representatives will be taking part and taking on topics including Group Tuition, Equal Opportunities for students and Student Consultation. Why not tune in and join the conversation.



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