Each module you study will have dedicated forums. While you’ll mostly use them to discuss topics about your module or complete group work, you can always use them to ask for a bit of input when you’re stuck. Module tutors will engage with and moderate the forums as well, so they can join in if they need to.
Student Support Team
You’ll have access to a subject-specific Student Support Team. If you have any general questions about your study, or are struggling and need to talk through your options, they're there for you.
We’re committed to making study accessible to all, whether you have a disability, health condition, mental health difficulty, or a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia). When you sign up for a qualification or module, we’ll ask you to let us know about any additional circumstances that may impact on your studies. The support we can offer you will depend on the modules you choose to take, but our services include:
- Accessible study materials.
- Specialist equipment.
- Tailored assessment.
- Residential schools support.
- Additional support accessing tutorials and day schools.
- Financial help.
You can find more information about our support on our disability support page.
Open University Students Association
The Open University Students Association is a lot like a student union. Run by students, for students, it gives you access to our services and resources, alongside opportunities to connect with other students. You're automatically a member when you study with the OU, and there’s no fee.
The Students Association exists to help you make the most of your time studying, promote your interests and ensure the OU is more than just a place of learning – it’s a student community.
Led by a brilliant team of elected students and supported by hundreds more student volunteers, the Association:
- offers student support services and resources
- creates opportunities to engage in a vibrant and inclusive student community
- is a robust, effective and accountable representative body for all OU students
- works in partnership with the OU to enhance your student experience.
Whether you’re looking for like-minded students, interest groups, support services or a way to make a real difference, you’ll discover something for you. To find out more, visit oustudents.com.
Listening to your views and creating opportunities for you to get involved in OU decision-making help ensure the student experience is the best it can be and meets your needs. We offer you the chance to make a difference and develop new skills – from surveys to student panels to working directly with staff on new curriculum and services.
You can find out more, including the impact previous student feedback has had, on our Student Voice website.
The Open University’s Student Charter sets out how we work together as an academic community. It highlights our expectations of both students and staff and our commitment to enabling high-quality learning and ensuring every student is supported.