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Whitepapers and reports

The Open University’s extensive thought leadership output sees the regular publication of reports across a wide range of themes and sectors. Working with partner organisations, employers and guest writers, we look at the latest skills landscape and help you proactively plan for a successful future.

How The Open University is transforming nursing education with introduction of Enquiry-based learning

The Open University (OU) is releasing a new report in partnership with National Health Executive into the use of Enquiry-based learning (EBL) within nurse education. The innovative teaching style closes the theory-practice gap, especially crucial within the nursing profession. 

14th November 2022

Tapping into Ambition – the highlights

The Open University and TrainingZone partnered together to run an event in June to inspire organisations to tap into the ambition of their people. The event was hosted by TrainingZone editor Becky Norman and renowned learning analyst Laura Overton.

5th October 2022

New whitepaper helps employers leverage social mobility

The Open University has collaborated with TrainingZone to publish a new whitepaper which looks at the role of Learning and Development teams in enabling social mobility.

24th August 2022

New report: Business Barometer reveals impact of UK skills shortage

The Open University (OU) has partnered with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to publish a new report looking into the size, nature and impact of the UK skills shortage.

29th June 2022

New report: Trends in Learning 2022

Every year The Open University (OU) looks at emerging workplace learning trends, publishing the findings in our annual Trends in Learning report. 

15th June 2022

New report: Embracing Flexibility - How can L&D service new hybrid working and learning models in the public sector?

The report, published by The Open University, in partnership with Public Sector Executive (PSE), highlights almost three quarters (73%) of public sector employees would be more likely stay in a job that allowed remote or hybrid working.

7th April 2022
Build the Future 2022 Apprenticeship Survey

New report: Most employers plan to maintain or increase number of apprentices they employ this year

Almost 9 in 10 employers plan to maintain or increase the number of apprentices they take on in the next 12 months, according to the results of a new survey of more than 600 employers in England.

9th February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 – The Open University celebrates the transformative role of apprenticeships

The Open University (OU) is marking National Apprenticeship Week with new insights on how employers value apprenticeships and the benefits they offer in diversifying the workforce.

9th February 2022

Whitepaper: Boosting HR’s psychological literacy to tackle future crises

With research suggesting an organisation’s level of psychological know-how can improve its response to disruption, this whitepaper will explore how business and HR leaders can draw upon psychological resources as part of their crisis management strategy.

4th November 2021

Business Barometer 2021

Skills shortages revealed to be a long term strategic challenge for employers.

According to The Open University’s annual business report published in partnership with the Institute of Directors, UK employers are facing a skills shortage when it comes to hiring specialist, entry level talent.   

7th October 2021

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