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Welcome to The Open University in Wales

New financial support for students in Wales

The Welsh Government is introducing a new package of financial support for new part-time students starting their studies from September 2018.

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

"I am the son of a miner, from a family that didn’t go to university. Getting my degree gave me a belief in myself." 

Paul Mahoney, Merthyr Tydfil, OU in Wales graduate

Watch Paul’s learning journey to find out how the OU in Wales helped him change his life.

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About us

We have over 7000 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.


Request your prospectus

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

May 14

Come and meet us at our Newtown Open Day

Monday, May 14, 2018 -

10:00 to 17:00

Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown SY16 2NZ

Contact: Helen Nelmes

May 15

Come and meet us at our Merthyr Open Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 -

10:00 to 17:00

Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AE

Contact: Helen Nelmes

May 16

Come and meet us at our Cardiff Open Day

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 -

10:00 to 18:00

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

Contact: Helen Nelmes

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The Open University brings Blue Planet to Wales

The Open University in Wales hosted a free lecture on 28 March with two leading academics who worked on the award-winning BBC / OU co-production Blue Planet II.

9th April 2018
Louise Casella

New funding system offers major opportunity for part-time learners

Louise Casella, Director of The Open University in Wales, explains how financial support for new students starting from September 2018 could make a major difference to the numbers of people studying part-time in Wales.

4th April 2018
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