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Delivering life-changing learning across Wales

Welcome to The Open University in Wales

Financial support for students in Wales

The Welsh Government has introduced a package of financial support for new part-time students. You could get up to £4,500 funding towards your living costs.

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Pop in and see us at our Open Day on 20 June

Come to our Open Day and find out why studying with The OU could be the best decision you ever make. 
No need to make an appointment. Just pop in for a free cuppa and an informal chat with one of our team. 

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The OU at 50

The OU was born from a radical idea: to open education for all, and in 2019 we celebrate our 50th birthday.

After years of planning by Harold Wilson and Jennie Lee, The Open University was granted a Royal Charter on 23 April 1969. Today, The Open University is the UK’s largest academic institution having empowered over two million students worldwide to transform their lives through learning, helping to make the impossible, possible.

Find out more about our unique story, meet some of our graduates and read about how we’re celebrating our milestone anniversary

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About us

We have around 8000 students across the whole of Wales supported by 300 tutors. Find out more about us and our work. 


Courses and qualifications

As Wales’ largest provider of part-time undergraduate university study, The Open University in Wales offers a wide choice of qualifications in a broad range of subject areas. 

Our Student stories

Meet our students

Studying with The Open University can be life changing. See how some of our students have balanced study with work and family commitments and have flourished on their OU learning journeys.


Policy and public affairs

Through our policy and public affairs work we seek to ensure that higher education policy in Wales supports the needs of part-time learners.

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The Welsh language

The Open University is subject to the Welsh Language Standards. This section includes information on how we comply with the standards and deliver our services though the medium of Welsh.

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Explore our qualifications and courses by requesting one of our prospectuses today.

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Contact us

Call 029 2047 1170  

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CF10 1AP

Upcoming Events

Jun 20

Cardiff Open Day

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:00 to 18:00

The Open University in Wales, Custom House Street, Cardiff CF10 1AP

Contact: OU in Wales Events

Jun 21

Come and meet us at Cardiff Job fair

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:00 to 14:00

Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ND

Contact: OU Wales Marketing

Jun 28

Planets and stars: an immersive night sky experience

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 20:00 to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 00:30

Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, Brecon LD3 8ER

Contact: OU in Wales Events

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A new report by The Open University to mark its 50th anniversary explores what learning will look like by 2070

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

A new report by The Open University to mark its 50th anniversary explores what learning will look like by 2070

31st May 2019
Hay Festival

Free Open Talks at Hay Festival 2019

Join the OU in Wales for a series of short Open Talks from leading OU academics at this year’s Hay Festival.

23rd May 2019
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