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Who We Are

Your Open University (OU) Students Association enables you to influence how your University is run. We exist to promote your interests and to ensure the OU is more than just a place of learning - it’s a student community.

The Students Association is your link to other students and offers opportunities to get involved, find information and news, get help, attend events and access services to support your learning.

We represent the collective rather than individual needs of the student body. If we can’t help you directly, we aim to find someone who can.

Each student registered with the OU, automatically becomes part of the Students Association. It’s run by students, for students via a network of local assemblies and representatives throughout the OU regions, as well as operating centrally.

The Students Association has students representing the student voice at the highest levels of the OU decision-making structures. We also facilitate groups, such as the Disabled Students Group, to ensure support and representation for our members.

The Students Association is supported by a staff team based at the OU Walton Hall campus in Milton Keynes.

Our purpose is outlined as part of the University’s Student Charter and we’re assessed and driven by results of the National Student Survey that tell us how satisfied you are with your students association.


10 reasons to get involved

Join in the discussions on our Forums, Facebook and Twitter.

Influence how the University is run and get the student voice heard.

Get involved in societies and events.

Join in with the many volunteering opportunities.

An opportunity to debate the issues most important to you, hear inspirational speakers and socialise with other students.

Talk to a peer supporter or share advice with other students.

Help support other students to study or access help for yourself.

Save money on lots of products through the NUS Extra card.