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Break out of the norm and study in a new way

Want to study in a way which is different to many of your classmates.  A way which suits you and fits in with your life?

Studying with The Open University is a university option you may not have considered before. It’s different because you will study your degree online.

31st August 2020
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The virtual intern – is this a new option to support your business?

Businesses across Northern Ireland have already begun to change and adapt to the challenges of these Covid-19 times by adopting new approaches and methods to aid business continuity. One area which is now very different is the recruitment of new staff. How do you bring in new staff when your business is not back ‘in the office’?

26th August 2020
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Student Story: Michelle Laverty

If you want it more than you fear it, then you can do it!

This was Michelle’s mantra throughout her studies with the OU. Michelle is one of our incredible students and her story is inspiring.

21st July 2020
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Winners of the FASS 2020 Creative Writing Contest revealed

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Ireland) recently held their first ever Creative Writing Competition and were delighted to announce the winners at a virtual prize giving ceremony held on 30 June, 2020.

The event was chaired by coordinator Dr Jennifer Shepherd (Department of English and Creative Writing), who thanked students for their enthusiastic support of the event, including participation in the writing master-classes offered in the run-up to the contest deadline.

15th July 2020
Tiernan sitting at a dinning room table with his OpenLearn certificates laid out in front of him

11-year-old completes 11 Open University online courses during lockdown

11-year-old Tiernán Eviston from County Meath has been using his time in lockdown very wisely. Tiernán hasn’t stopped learning and has already completed 11 online courses from The Open University’s free learning site OpenLearn ranging from ‘An introduction to sustainable energy’ to ‘Square roots and powers’.

22nd June 2020
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Success for OU and its 50th anniversary campaign

The Open University’s campaign to mark its 50th birthday has been announced as a winner in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations 2020 excellence awards.

The Open University’s campaign, #OU50, took the title in the Education category, beating off stiff competition from universities, including Swansea University, University College London, and University of Oxford to win this prestigious award.

4th June 2020
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The Open University teams up with MoneySavingExpert

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert to produce a new free course that will give people the skills and knowledge to master their finances.

The course covers key aspects of personal finances such as how to be savvy when spending money, budgeting, getting ready for retirement, borrowing, saving and much more.

21st May 2020
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The Open University’s free learning platform receives record number of visitors

As people across Ireland come to grips with staying at home and social distancing, many are turning to learning new things online to occupy some of their time.

OpenLearn, The Open University’s home of free learning, is experiencing record numbers of visitors to the site.  Usually recording an average of 40,000 visits per day, during the first week of schools and businesses being closed over 160,000 people each day were taking advantage of the free content and courses on offer.

15th April 2020
National Director of The Open University in Ireland, John D'Arcy, shaking hands at an OU degree ceremony with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

Reflections at the halfway point of The Open University's 50th anniversary

John D'Arcy, National Director of The Open University in Ireland.

As we enter the latter half of 2019 we also enter the latter half of The Open University’s 50th anniversary year. When the OU was established in 1969 it was with a clear purpose: to open up education to all – it was, and remains, a radical idea that still makes us different today. Throughout our anniversary year, The Open University has aimed to inspire pride, unity and involvement by celebrating our students who sit at the core of everything that we do.

19th July 2019
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Open University announced as NASA partner on mission to the Moon

Scientists from The Open University (OU) are supporting one of a series of ground-breaking missions by NASA to go back to the Moon.

The announcement comes as the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings, when astronauts from Apollo 11 walked on the Moon on July 20th 1969.

15th July 2019

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