The Open University was established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969. The University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
The Open University Validation Partnerships (OUVP) was established in 1992 to enable The OU to validate programmes for institutions that do not have their own degree awarding powers or that want to offer OU validated awards in addition to their own. OUVP works with Institutions in the UK and abroad.
We are a team of 42, headed up by a Head of Validation Partnerships who is supported by two Deputy Heads and a PA. Read more about who we are and what we do.
Under the current system in the UK an education provider without degree awarding powers that wants to offer higher education programmes must have a validation agreement with a degree awarding body. Validation is the process where a degree-awarding body judges a module or programme developed and delivered by another organisation and approves it as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to one of its awards.
Find out more about validation with The Guide to Good Validation.
We have a network of 37 partner institutions worldwide, including FE colleges, performing and creative arts institutions, health service providers and not for profit organisations. See the full list.
We validate almost 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. From Foundation Degrees, to PhDs, in a variety of subjects from Garden Design, Performing Arts, Computing, Business to Biomedical Science. You can find a sample list of the programmes we validate.
Find out everything you need to know about becoming a validated partner.
Validating PhD programmes is managed by the OU Afilliated Research Centre. Find out more by visiting their website.
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