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OU research impact

Open University research shapes policy and practice, drives innovation and has practical applications which change lives across the globe.

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Congratulations OU graduates!

Thousands of OU graduates across the four nations will attend their degree ceremonies this autumn where their hard work, commitment and determination will be celebrated in front of audiences packed with proud loved ones. Their journeys began with a single step. So can yours. Choose your course.  #OUFamily

Black History Day

This October, The Open University joins millions of people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland in celebration of Black History Month.

Black History Month is a time of particular emphasis on educating the world about the importance of Black history and sharing the stories, contributions and achievements of people with African and Caribbean heritage.

Explore historical and fresh perspectives on race, racism and ethnicity through free articles, videos, audio, interactives, timelines and courses by visiting OpenLearn’s Race and Ethnicity Hub.

Frozen Planet Hero Banner

Featuring natural phenomena never before seen by humans, Frozen Planet II invites you to join Sir David Attenborough on an unforgettable journey through all of Earth’s frozen habitats.

Co-produced by The Open University, this six-part series from the BBC uses new technology to give unprecedented insight into life in the coldest parts of our planet.

Learn about our involvement and order your free poster


Statement on equality and diversity

The OU was founded to open up higher education to all, regardless of background or circumstances. Our mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas—and as such, equality and diversity are at the heart of everything we do.

Our continued dedication to social justice and equality of opportunity is embodied in our vision and principles.

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Frozen Planet Hero Banner

Featuring natural phenomena never before seen by humans, Frozen Planet II invites you to join Sir David Attenborough on an unforgettable journey through all of Earth’s frozen habitats.

Co-produced by The Open University, this six-part series from the BBC uses new technology to give unprecedented insight into life in the coldest parts of our planet.

Learn about our involvement and order your free poster