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The Open University is the largest provider of part-time undergraduate higher education in Wales. It is a world leader in providing innovative and flexible distance learning opportunities at higher education level.

7000 students in wales
69% of OU in Wales students are in work while they study with us
78% of students are under 45, 29 is the median age of new undergraduates
There are OU students in every National Assembly for Wales constituency

Students

  • Around 7000 students across Wales are currently studying with The Open University.
  • There are OU students in every constituency in Wales.
  • Around seven out of ten OU in Wales students are in employment while they study.
  • More than four in ten OU in Wales undergraduate students join without standard higher education entry level qualifications.
  • Almost a quarter of OU in Wales students come from Wales’ most disadvantaged areas.

Teaching and Partnership

  • Around 150 companies across Wales sponsor students to study with us and over 400 OU in Wales students are sponsored by their employer.
  • The OU in Wales’ unique partnership with the Wales TUC, and a number of individual trades unions, has seen over 1,500 trades union supported learners register for one of our courses since the partnership began ten years ago.
  • Through our widening access work we use our networks and partnerships across Wales to provide learning opportunities for non-traditional learners.  We use our free educational resources, such as our ‘Pathways to Success in Higher Education’ guide, and our formal access curriculum to help prepare learners for higher education study.     

Innovation

  • The OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. This includes free study units on OpenLearn which has had more than 40 million visits; materials on iTunes U which have recorded more than 70 million downloads; and the OU YouTube channel which has had over 30 million views since it was launched in 2008. 
  • The OU in Wales’ bilingual platform OpenLearn Cymru offers free Welsh and English medium learning resources to encourage access to higher education in both languages.
  • The OU had 72% of its research assessed as 3 or 4 star in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (2014). The high rating indicates that the research undertaken by the OU is world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality, impact and environment. 
  • The Open University is a global leader in the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the UK via 'FutureLearn', a partnership between the OU and other Universities, including Cardiff University, providing free and open online courses to global audiences.
24% of OU in Wales students are from Wales' most disadvantaged areas
17% of undergraduate students have told us they have a disability
9 out of 10 OU students in Wales say studying with us has increased their self-esteem
71% of OU Students in Wales say that studying with The Open University improves their career prospects

Equality and Diversity at The Open University in Wales

Social justice is at the heart of The Open University's mission. We are creating an inclusive university community and a society where people are treated with dignity and respect, where inequalities are challenged, and where we anticipate and respond positively to different needs and circumstances, so that everyone can achieve their potential. Visit The Open University's Equality and Diversity website, which includes information about our Equality Scheme, our outcome-focused equality objectives, our equality statistical information and our annual report.

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General enquiries

Call 029 2047 1170
Email Wales 

Study enquiries

Prospective students:
Call 0300 303 5303 
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If you’ve already applied for, or are currently studying an OU module or qualification, login to Studenthome for your personalised contact details.

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Media enquiries

OU in Wales enquiries:
Contact Michelle Matheron,
Call 029 2047 1019

General OU media enquiries:
Contact the Press Office,
Call 01908 654316

Out-of-hours: 07901 515891

Freedom of Information request:

If you would like to contact us regarding a Freedom of Information request visit the FOI website.

You can find more detailed information about the OU in Wales and our students in our Facts and Figures leaflet (.pdf).

Want to know more about us, 
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