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About the OU

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. Press play to discover more.

About

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.


In addition to UK quality assurance, The Open University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.