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Facts and figures


  • Nearly 1500 students in the Republic of Ireland are currently studying with The Open University.
  • Over 30,000 students have studied with The Open University here since 1969.
  • Around 45% of our undergraduate students here begin their study without standard higher education entry level qualifications.
  • The average age of an Open University student here is 33.
  • 9% of our students have a disability.
  • 81% of our students study with The Open University while in work.  

Teaching and Partnership

  • The OU has centres in Dublin and Belfast with a full-time staff of 60 and around 200 Associate Lecturers across Ireland.
  • In 2013, Trinity College Dublin was announced as Irish partner in The Open University's FutureLearn initiative.
  • The Open University is a member of Universities Ireland and Uversity.


  • 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 Trinity College Dublin, providing free, open, online courses to global audiences.

You can find out more about The Open University's work in Ireland on our Policy and Public Affairs pages.