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Our strategy

We are proud to be the only University that operates across the whole of Ireland and the United Kingdom and first established our Advice and Enquiry Centre in Dublin 1996. Our multi-nation perspective is a distinctive source of strength and value. We are able to bring the benefits of scale but flex to meet the specific social, economic and cultural needs in each nation.

We aim to increase the positive impact that The Open University has on the world through our teaching, research and engagement. Our Institution seeks to contribute to the delivery of the Department for Education and Skills' Higher Education Strategy to 2030 through high quality, flexible provision that addresses the needs of students and employers alike.

Putting our students first, we focus on:

  • Enabling more students to achieve a qualification
  • Providing enhanced employability and career progression outcomes for students
  • Enhancing our academic excellence
  • Leading in digital innovation 
  • Developing a more adaptive organisation and culture
  • Diversifying our income and reducing our costs

Our mission

The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Our vision

To reach more students with life-changing learning that meets their needs and enriches society.

Our values


  • We play a unique role in society, making higher education open to all
  • We promote social justice through the development of knowledge and skills


  • We lead the learning revolution, placing innovation at the heart of our teaching and research
  • We continuously seek new and better ways to inspire and enable learning
  • We create world class research and teaching


  • We respond to the needs of individuals and employers and the communities in which they live and work
  • We are dedicated to supporting our students’ learning success

Students First Strategy

 strategy for growth

Find out more about The Open University's Students First Strategy.

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