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Welsh Government announces new agreement with OU for part-time teacher training

The Open University in Wales has been awarded a contract with the Welsh Government to deliver part-time and work based teacher training.

7th March 2019

The Open University in Wales welcomes large increase in part-time student numbers

The OU in Wales has welcomed a Welsh Government announcement of a 35% increase in the number of part-time undergraduate students in Wales.

The OU in Wales itself has seen a 49% increase in student numbers in the October 2018 recruitment cycle, which equates to 748 additional students. 

Since September 2018, a maintenance grant of up to £4,500 has been made available to eligible part-time students studying at home. This makes Wales the only country in Europe to offer part-time students the equivalent support to their full-time counterparts.

6th February 2019
David Allen, Louise Casella and David Blaney

OU in Wales kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations

The Open University in Wales launched its 50th anniversary celebrations recently during a gathering of university leaders.

The Higher Education Council for Wales (HEFCW) held its annual public meeting at The OU in Wales in Cardiff. Afterwards, Director Louise Casella addressed council members, where she gave an overview of The OU’s activity over the next 12 months.


The OU was established in 1969 by Prime Minister Harold Wilson. It was his vision to create ‘an University of the air’, a bold concept of making university education open to all.

4th February 2019

Assembly Member backs new calls to regulate online abuse against women following research

Joint research between The Open University and Stirling University has uncovered the extent of online abuse against women.

15th November 2018

Julia Gillard honoured by The Open University in Wales

Yesterday, at the Wales Millennium Centre, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was presented with an honorary degree from The Open University in Wales for her contribution to public service.

19th October 2018

Want to try your hand at being an astronomer? Here is your chance

A team of astronomers from the OU and other academic institutions* are launching an international citizen science project to work out what over 30 million unique objects discovered in space actually are.

8th October 2018
Statue of historical Welsh figures

Student research on Welsh History now available online

Research into the history of Wales by Open University students is now freely available online for the first time.

28th August 2018

Boosting employability skills for OU students in Wales

Employability skills coordinator, Darren Jones discusses his own personal learning journey and how it has led him to support students in developing their employability skills.

20th August 2018

OU in Wales celebrates first cohort of students to gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales)

The Open University in Wales was delighted to celebrate the achievements of the first cohort of students to gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales), at a celebration event held at Cardiff City Hall recently.

1st August 2018

Skills shortage costing Welsh organisations over £350 million

The Open University Business Barometer, which monitors the skills landscape of the UK, reveals that employers in Wales are paying a high price to ensure their organisations have the skills required to remain productive.

24th July 2018

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Ceri Doyle, new OU council member

Newport City Homes head appointed to Open University Council

Ceri Doyle, Chief Executive of Newport City Homes (NCH), is the latest appointment to The Open University’s Council, it was announced this week

17th September 2020
The OU Business Barometer report cover

Welsh businesses spend over £51 million on temporary staff - but redundancies continue to rise

Welsh organisations have spent over £51 million on temporary staffing to bridge skills gaps over the last year, despite one in four (25%) making redundancies to cut costs in the wake of COVID-19.

15th September 2020
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