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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

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

Launch of ‘Time to Think’ collection in Belfast

The Open University has launched a new collection called ‘Time to Think: Open University journeys in British and Irish prisons during the years of conflict, 1972-2000’.

5th June 2019

The Open University at 50: standing with Pride

In its fiftieth year, The Open University’s support of Pride events taking place across the UK and Ireland has even more resonance.

June also marks fifty years since the Stonewall riots in 1969, one of the most important historic events leading to the gay liberation movement and to the first Pride marches a year later.

3rd June 2019

Full sensory virtual reality and brain to brain learning – The future of learning revealed

Brain-to-brain learning could be a reality by 2070.

This is according to the Future of Learning 2070: Imagine What’s Next report, which unveils predictions on what learning will be like in 2070 based on interviews with leading experts across the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

30th May 2019

New photographs celebrate 50 years of The Open University's groundbreaking teaching.

The Open University is marking it's 50th anniversary this month by telling its remarkable story through the power of photographs, in a collection released today. Former and current OU students, including a builder from Belfast who changed his career to study Nursing after a life-changing accident, a prisoner turned academic, and a woman research pioneer in moon exploration, all feature in the new collection by world-famous British photographer Chris Floyd.

17th April 2019

President of Ireland addresses Open University graduates of 2019

The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins made a special address to graduates at The Open University in Ireland degree ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin today (Friday 5 April).

9th April 2019

Sharon Corr receives honorary doctorate from The Open University

Singer, songwriter and violinist, Grammy nominee and Brit Award winner, Sharon Corr has received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University, for her exceptional contribution to education and culture at a ceremony in London today (22 March 2019).

22nd March 2019
Michael Bower Beverly Mason Owen Williamson Barbara Jemphrey Bobbie-Leigh Herdman John D’Arcy Stuart Magee

Careers in Law insight evening 21 November 2018

The Open University hosted a Careers in Law Insight Evening specifically for the benefit of our Law students.

26th November 2018
Photo: Dr Frances Morton (OU), Dr Sandra Collins (NLI), John D’Arcy (Director, OU in Ireland), Minister of State, Seán Kyne TD, Dr Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl (DCU) and Fernando Rosell-Aguilar (OU).

Teanga agus foghlaim / Language and learning

On 20 November The Open University ran an event in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin as part of the year-long ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’ (Year of Irish) initiative.

22nd November 2018

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