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Receipt of your application form will be acknowledged via an automated email. As soon as possible after the closing date, applications are considered and a shortlist drawn up.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for interview.

We do not contact applicants who have not been shortlisted.

The interview panel usually consists of two members of OU staff. You will be informed of the outcome of the interview. If you are appointable, and there are sufficient student numbers, a contract is sent to you approximately one month before the start of the module.

Your application remains valid for a 12-month period from the date of receipt. Applications of appointable candidates will be extended to the start of the next module presentation plus 24 months. An application can be live for a maximum of 36 months.

Applications of candidates who are not deemed appointable after an interview will be terminated and you will need to reapply following a vacancy advertisement.

Feedback on recruitment process

Any comments or concerns about any stage of the recruitment process should be sent to:

Senior People Adviser
People Services
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

The University has a number of regional/national centres each of which manages the tutor appointments to modules in certain geographical areas. The geographical areas in which our tutors work and the corresponding appointing centre area shown below.


Regional/National Centre (Region/Nation code)

Area covered

The Open Univeristy in London (R01)

Greater London

The Open Univeristy in the South (R02)

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Channel Islands, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire and part of Wiltshire

The Open Univeristy in the South West (R03)

Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Somerset and most of Wiltshire

The Open Univeristy in the West Midlands (R04)

Herefordshire, Shropshire, most of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and BFPO (except in Cyprus)

The Open Univeristy in the East Midlands (R05)

Most of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and part of Staffordshire (Burton-on-Trent area)

The Open Univeristy in the East of England (R06)

Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

The Open University in Yorkshire (R07)

North, South and West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and BFPO in Cyprus

The Open University in the North West (R08)

Cheshire, part of Derbyshire, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

The Open Univeristy in theNorth (R09)

Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

The Open University in Wales (R10)


The Open Univeristy in Scotland (R11)


The Open University in Ireland (R12)

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

The Open University in the South East (R13)

Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex