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Enabling people to change their lives through learning, across Northern Ireland.

The only university in Northern Ireland dedicated to distance learning, we are open to people, places, methods and ideas. We are proud to have an overall student satisfaction rating of 91% and have the highest rating among Northern Ireland providers for the last 17 years*.   

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. 

We are here to help individuals, local business, the community and the economy of Northern Ireland.

*NSS Student Survey 2021

 

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Skill Up - The Flexible Skills Fund

The Open University in Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, is offering a limited number of fully funded postgraduate modules and microcredential courses to help you reskill and upskill into areas where job growth is expected.


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Transition to Higher Education in Northern Ireland

This OpenLearn hub has been funded by The Department for the Economy to assist new students to prepare for and settle into their studies at universities, university colleges and further education colleges across Northern Ireland.


Support for Local Business

Free courses for local SMEs

The Open University has partnered with Invest Northern Ireland to offer a range of free training and learning resources to re-power business across Northern Ireland.

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Coronavirus updates

At the OU, we’re committed to using our expertise in online education to help our students, staff, alumni and society navigate the new ‘normal’ created by the coronavirus pandemic.  Check out our coronavirus hub for a diverse range of information.