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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Open University in Wales is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and will be following guidance issued by the UK and Welsh governments.

Our priority is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, whilst ensuring that the university’s business can run as smoothly as possible.

As of Friday 13 March 2020, the university has cancelled face-to-face tutorials where there is an online alternative until further notice. We’ve set up this advice page for students, which will give you up to date information.

We also have this page which has more information on what the OU is doing to support students, staff, alumni and the public during this time. 

The OU in Wales office in Cardiff will be closed from 5pm Friday 20 March until further notice. Our office based staff will be working from home during this period.

Our student support team are still available to give information, advice and support to students. We’ve temporarily suspended telephone support and are moving to online webchat and email support. For now, please email rather than call us.


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NHS advice on staying safe

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Rhodri Davies 
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