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Places and spaces

Inspired by institutions in the USSR and US, The Open University quickly became a world leader in distance education and has always has an international outlook. Meanwhile, the regional and national centres have been crucial to the student experience, and the University has embraced new technology to expand its reach. This section looks at OU places and spaces.

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Inspired by institutions in the USSR and US, how The Open University quickly became a world leader in distance education.

Students working outside at a summer school

The wide variety of locations, both physical and now virtual, that have provided opportunities for students.

The OU in Wales office in the 1990s

The regional and national structure of The Open University that have been integral to its development and responsiveness.

An early building being erected beside the old Walton Hall

The Open University's headquarters in Milton Keynes since 1969, which dates back to the 12th Century.