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

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Staying in touch

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Contact us

Call 029 2047 1170  
Email wales@open.ac.uk

18 Custom House Street,
Cardiff,
CF10 1AP

Upcoming Events

Oct 26

The OU Science Showcase

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00 to 17:00

Swansea Science Festival, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3RD

Contact: OU in Wales Events

Oct 27

The OU Science Showcase

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:00 to 17:00

Swansea Science Festival, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3RD

Contact: OU in Wales Events

Nov 1

How To Get Published - Cardiff

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 09:30 to 17:00

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, CF10 5AL

Contact: Wales Events

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News

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
The Applied Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is a fully-funded programme through The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, which The Open University in Wales offers all employers in Wales.

How Degree Apprenticeships are addressing IT skills gaps in Wales

The Applied Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is a fully-funded programme through The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, which The Open University in Wales offers all employers in Wales. 

23rd September 2019
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