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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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New funding for postgraduate students

Now part-time postgraduate students in Wales can get up to £17,000 in funding. This financial support from the Welsh government is made up of grants and loans, some of which doesn't need to be paid back.

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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  

18 Custom House Street,
CF10 1AP

Upcoming Events

Sep 11

Mental Health and Me

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:15

ALEX Building, Swansea College of Art, University Wales Trinity St Davids, Alexandra Rd, Swansea, SA1 5DU

Contact: Wales Events

Sep 18

Come and meet us at Swansea Jobs Fair

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00

Liberty Stadium, Neath Road, Swansea SA1 2FA

Contact: OU Wales Marketing

Sep 20

Come and meet us at Cardiff Job fair

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00

Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ND

Contact: OU Wales Marketing

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The Open University Business Barometer 2019: Wales

Skills shortages are costing Welsh organisations over £155 million pounds according to a new report that monitors the business landscape of Wales and the rest of the UK.

9th July 2019
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Wonders of OU/BBC series ‘The Planets’ brought to Brecon Beacons

The Open University in Wales and Dark Sky Wales welcomed guests to the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre last Friday for a free event based on recent BBC/OU co-production The Planets.

4th July 2019
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