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Senior Learning Developers x 3

Unit :  Learner and Discovery Services
Salary :  £42,149 to £50,296
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18833
Fixed Term Contract (Until 31/7/23), Full Time
Closing Date :  24 September, 2021 - 12:00

Remote and flexible working is an option but must be willing to travel to Milton Keynes for work purposes.

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) is the award-winning unit of The Open University responsible for the production and delivery of the University’s curriculum; it also has a central role in the design of learning materials.

The role

The Open University are recruiting three Senior Learning Developers to join our cross-functional course design and production team working on microcredentials and short courses on FutureLearn.

In short, your goal in this role is to develop the courses with the most creative, engaging and impactful content in the global online learning market. As if The Open University could get any better! In this newly created role you will bring your advanced communication, design and creative skills to bear on new ranges of online courses designed for adult learners in the ‘new normal’ world of 21st-century work. You will take the lead on course content, informing overall course design, and creating effective learning journeys through digital media and learner communications and engagement. As well as all of that, you will champion technical excellence and continual learning and improvement in the team and the wider organisation.

Skills and experience

You will have significant experience of developing digital and online content and media production, and current hands-on technical skills in two or more of the following: editorial, copywriting, audio/video, graphic design, illustration and software development. You will know your way around current online learning platforms and understand their technical features and pedagogic affordances, and you bring proven experience of successful creative collaborations and partnerships.

More information can be provided via the attached Job Description below.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email or contact Marion Child on 01908 655668.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Closing date: 24th September 2021 12.00 midday.

Interview date: TBC - To be held online

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role.

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal.

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions. 

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We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  3 September, 2021 - 11:00

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,