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 9000 students across the whole of Wales supported by 300 tutors. Find out more about us and our work. 

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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.

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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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18 Custom House Street,
Cardiff,
CF10 1AP

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News

Today, at the Wales Millennium Centre, over 350 students will graduate from the Open University in Wales, in what is one of the university’s annual highlights. Most have studied part-time, often balancing this with work, family or caring for a loved one.

Hundreds of learners graduate with The Open University in Wales

On 4 November, at the Wales Millennium Centre, over 350 students will graduate from the Open University in Wales in what is one of the university’s annual highlights. Most have studied part-time, often balancing this with work, family or caring for a loved one.

1st November 2019
June Jones, Time to Change Wales

Six things we learnt from ‘Mental Health and Me’

Our OpenTalks series recently arrived in Swansea for ‘Mental Health and Me’, a free event held in partnership with Time to Change Wales (Hafal, Mind Cymru).

17th October 2019
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