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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.

The Open University Business Barometer 2019 reveals that despite Welsh organisations forking out, on average, £13,740 on buying in new talent, many are turning towards sustainable, internal training and development opportunities to combat the Welsh skills gap.

9th July 2019
Earth from space

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. Over 200 enthusiasts heard from OU academics involved in the academic research team behind the series. Dark Sky Wales’ team of experts showed guests the solar system in their digital planetarium. Members of Cardiff Astronomical Society were also there to help visitors explore the night’s sky using a range of high-spec telescopes.

4th July 2019

Welsh students rank OU high for student satisfaction

Students in Wales have ranked The Open University as the second-best institution in Wales for overall student satisfaction.

3rd July 2019
Sarah Stewart

Open University appoints new teacher training lead for Wales

The Open University in Wales has today welcomed Sarah Stewart as Director of its new Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) programme for Wales.

Sarah will lead a brand new bilingual PGCE programme, creating an alternative route into teaching and a more flexible way to study.

From 2020, students will be able to study part-time for the qualification alongside work or other commitments. They will also learn with their tutor and fellow students online, removing the need to travel to a university. 

3rd July 2019
Louise Casella and Kirsty Williams AM

50 years of The Open University in Wales celebrated with unique historical display

Yesterday The Open University in Wales (OU) hosted a special reception to celebrate its 50th year, bringing together OU alumni, AMs, stakeholders and the general public for a day of celebrations.

Held at the historical Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, the celebrations were an opportunity for people to take a look back at how far the OU has come since its foundation in 1969, and it’s future ambitions  to reach more and more students with its innovative, flexible and supported distance learning model. 

20th June 2019
A new report by The Open University to mark its 50th anniversary explores what learning will look like by 2070

Full sensory virtual reality and brain to brain learning – the future of learning revealed

A new report by The Open University to mark its 50th anniversary explores what learning will look like by 2070

31st May 2019
Hay Festival

Free Open Talks at Hay Festival 2019

Join the OU in Wales for a series of short Open Talks from leading OU academics at this year’s Hay Festival. These free, 15 minute pop-up talks will give you a chance to dip into fascinating topics in between festival events.

23rd May 2019
Students enjoying learning

Achieve and prosper: why Wales’ most innovative think tank and education provider have joined forces

Wales’ most innovative and influential think tank the Bevan Foundation has announced a new partnership with The Open University in Wales.

The announcement comes during Learning at Work Week, with The Open University (OU) in Wales becoming the Bevan Foundation's second confirmed organisational partner for 2019.

The OU in Wales is the leading provider of part-time undergraduate higher education and supported distance learning across Wales. This year it is celebrating 50 years of opening up education to all. 

16th May 2019
Go Wales

University work experience programme reaches 1,000th student

A work experience programme for young full-time undergraduate students from less advantaged backgrounds has recruited its 1,000th student, less than three years after its launch.

1st May 2019

The Open University in Wales celebrates its 50th year

Today (23 April) The Open University (OU) in Wales celebrates its official 50th birthday and marks the first day of year long celebrations across Wales.

23rd April 2019

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