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The Open University in Wales

We are the leading experts in part-time, flexible learning. Every year, we help thousands of ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

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About us

The Open University in Wales is the leading provider of part-time undergraduate higher education and supported distance learning across Wales.

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We are the largest provider of part-time undergraduate higher education in Wales.
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Student Stories

Studying with The Open University can be life changing, see how some of our students have coped with study alongside real life and flourished on their OU learning journeys.

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Latest news

The Open University is taking part in the Welsh Government’s ‘Seren’ programme to provide pupils and teachers with the support they needed to ensure more Welsh students progress to the UK’s top universities.

Although the UN's sustainable development goals apply to every nation, discussion regarding their implementation in the UK has so far been minimal. That’s why, 18 months after they were launched, the OU held a series of workshops in Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff to gain a clearer understanding of how – and to what extent – they’re being implemented within the UK, particularly within the devolved powers of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

The Open University in Wales recently hosted an exhibition and workshop to help develop a deeper understanding of the lives of refugees in Europe. The ‘Dialogues Across Borders’ exhibition, lecture and workshop were held across two days in Swansea and attended by over 80 people.

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Our work

We work with employers, community groups, education providers and other partners to support the widest possible range of people to take up higher education opportunities.

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Free Online Learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion.

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Welsh Language Scheme

The Open University has adopted the principle that in the conduct of public business in Wales it will treat the English and Welsh Languages on the basis of equality.

Download our Welsh Language Scheme and Welsh medium assessment guidelines