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Learn about The Open University

The Open University is a global leader in higher education able to reach every adult in the United Kingdom - and many others across the world.


In 1969 one ambition changed the world, giving anyone, anywhere the power to learn. Established by the Royal Charter and globally recognised, The Open University has pioneered distance learning for over 50 years, delivering exceptional teaching and outstanding support to students across the UK and the world.

Our mission is to make learning accessible to all, and together we’ve already helped over 2 million students to realise their ambitions.

Professor Tim Blackman

Our Vice-Chancellor

Meet Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor here at The Open University. Tim is a highly respected academic as well as the University’s chief executive and is incredibly proud to be leading the institution.

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Governance at The OU

Find out about Governance at the University as defined by Royal Charter, including its officers, committees and procedures.

Teaching and research

See how our OU-style open learning works from course development through to delivery to our students.

Strategy and policies

Learn about The Open University, its history, strategy and mission.

Find out where your fees go.

Annual reports

Read the story of our year through our Annual Report 2019/20 website and Financial Statement.

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Find us

The Open University has its headquarters at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes, with representation across the UK.