People services were very welcoming and supportive throughout the recruitment process.
The Open University, established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969, is the leading university for flexible, innovative and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, combining their learning while earning, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.
Our students study flexibly with the experts in distance learning. They’ll have a tutor, and access to lively online tutorials and student forums and all the support they'll need to succeed. You can find a General Person Specification for an AL here and a Welsh version here
Current Associate Lecturers employed by The Open University should log in to view current Internal opportunities and complete the corresponding Expression of Interest form on the General Vacancies page under the category 'Expression of Interest for Associate Lecturer FTE increases'. Please do speak with your line manager about your intentions to apply for additional teaching work.
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The support is fantastic, the university communicated with me at every stage of the recruitment process.
I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to teach a diverse range of students across the Nations.
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Initial introductory contact.
Identifying and supporting students who are academically vulnerable.
Assessing students work and giving feedback.
Tuition for a diverse group of students.
Supporting and encouraging TMA/EMA submission and exam preparation and attendance.
Support students to become independent successful learners within the discipline/module.
Encourage academic engagement with the module.
Provide first point of contact, encourage peer support, refer to SST as appropriate.
Feedback on your experience and that of your students.
Using OU and other systems as tutors and as staff.
Feedback, reflection, review, professional/staff development.
Collaborate with colleagues to share best practice and behaviours.
Support at our online or face to face residential schools.
If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact: AL-Applications@open.ac.uk.