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Workers are learning online for free during lockdown in Wales

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, more and more people across Wales are turning to the OU’s OpenLearn site to enrol on free courses. 

20th May 2020

Coronavirus: Innovative Distance Learning training for Cardiff’s teachers

Innovative training has been developed to assist Cardiff’s teachers in continuing to provide education and learning to children and young people during school closures, caused by COVID-19.

14th May 2020
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The Open University in Wales invites people to learn for free while staying at home

The Open University (OU) in Wales is encouraging people to follow one of its online courses whilst being asked to stay at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The OU has seen a spike in visitors to its free online learning platform OpenLearn to access its health, wellbeing and educational content in a time of huge societal need.

The site usually sees an average of 835,000 unique visitors per month. In March 2020, this shot up to 1.77 million and is at 1.64 million for April.

14th May 2020

The Open University in Wales helps provide online training for furloughed workforce during coronavirus pandemic

The Open University in Wales has been working with the Welsh Government to provide new e-learning for workers furloughed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

24th April 2020
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Rise in visitors to OU's one-stop-shop for free learning

The Open University has seen a spike in visitors to its free online learning platform OpenLearn to access its health, wellbeing and educational content in a time of huge societal need.

24th April 2020
Man using VR headset

Innovative project sparks new collaborations between education providers and industry

An innovative project has brought together universities, further education colleges and industries across South Wales to share and develop ideas,and examine the ways in which they can work better together.

The £1.2m HEFCW funded Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) programme, has facilitated more than 60 workshops and masterclasses, and more than 100 staff and industry placements over the last year. 

24th April 2020

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24th April 2020
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Supporting equality in science on International Women’s Day

We caught up with our student, Sam Evans, who’s from Cardiff and is studying physics. To mark International Women’s Day, she told us about the women from The Open University and across the globe who’ve encouraged her on her path into medical physics. 

24th April 2020
Professor Jo Brewis

Ten things we learnt from ‘Let’s talk about menopause’

Our OpenTalks series returned to Cardiff for ‘Let’s talk about menopause’, a free event held in partnership with Henpicked. The discussion encouraged conversation around menopause, including ways that employers could support colleagues going through menopause and the different medical, diet, holistic, and lifestyle interventions available for those experiencing menopausal symptoms. 

24th April 2020
The OU in Wales' office from 1981 to 2007, Cathedral Road, Cardiff

Blog: The Wales of today—and tomorrow—requires us to be as bold and brave as the OU’s founders

External Affairs Manager Cerith Rhys Jones explains why now is the right time to reflect on the past 50 years and ask ourselves if we’re prepared to be as brave in our thinking today as the OU’s founders were in 1969.

20th February 2020

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Welsh universities to build on world-leading work with communities through new framework

Universities in Wales have today launched a new civic mission framework to help universities build upon the ways they work with people, schools and communities.

15th January 2021
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Blog: Putting lifelong learning at the heart of our recovery

External Affairs Manager Cerith Rhys-Jones discusses The OU in Wales' manifesto for the 2021 Senedd election.

18th December 2020
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