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Teaching with the OU

Our tutor recruitment website provides you with all the information you need to find out about this interesting role and includes details of our current teaching vacancies and how to apply. Simply click on each heading in the boxes on the right of each page for further information.

Please note we have had to make a number of statutory changes to the AL application form to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, employment legislation and the Welsh Language Standards 2018 (WLS 2018).

We now only accept the new application form (ALAPP5)

The University has an internal recruitment policy and advertises the majority of vacancies to internal staff first. However, any vacancies that are listed on these pages have been approved as being open to external applicants also.  In order to support this, vacancy appointments will be prioritised to internal ALs (who are appointable to the role based on the module or discipline person specification) prior to external applicants being considered for the role.

The University promotes diversity in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The University does not have a retirement age and applications are invited from all eligible applicants irrespective of age. The OU is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and nationalities, however, it is only able to accept applications from candidates who are resident in the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland.

Please note that we will only accept an application for a module where a vacancy exists, and which is received by the published application close date. You should check the site regularly as the vacancy information is updated frequently and close dates may be extended.

Associate lecturer (AL) is the most common term for OU tutors. There are other types of tutors, which are described in more detail in the section called Teaching Roles.

The OU is the United Kingdom's only university dedicated to distance learning with around 180,000 students, primarily located across the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, along with a small but increasing number of global students. By choosing an OU module, students irrespective of their geographic location are able to study part time and carry on working if they wish to. Our method of study - supported open learning - has always been popular with people established in their careers, but now we also have a greatly increasing number of younger students and globally based students.

Students on OU modules organise their own study time, which can be a difficult skill to master. Associate lecturers offer learning support to students through individual contact by email, phone or group tutorials and day schools (using face to face or online, where appropriate) and through the use of online forums.