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OU research and public engagement recognised in first KEF

The Open University’s (OU) ability to license its intellectual property, form research partnerships and engage with the public, performed well in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

31st March 2021

Explore what’s possible when you learn with The Open University

Whatever you want to achieve, The Open University in Northern Ireland are here to help you make it happen, with the freedom to learn around your life. We’ve pioneered distance learning for over 50 years. There are hundreds of courses to choose from to match your interests, from Business and Psychology to Science and Social Care. Open up a world of opportunity with us. 

25th March 2021
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Student Story: Emma's furlough experience

“The worst thing has been Lockdown, I was a busy venue technician and I was used to being busy with events and creating content, and when my industry got severally hit, I almost lost my job. I got my hours reduced so severally that my mental health took a real hit; I was worried about my future. 

25th February 2021

What is a microcredential?

The Open University, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, are offering a limited number of fully-funded places across nine different microcredentials for people whose employment has been affected by the current pandemic.

But what is a microcredential and how could one benefit you?

11th February 2021

Productive down-time for professional footballer Bobby Burns

Bobby Burns may only be 21 but he has his mind firmly set on the future.  Currently on downtime with a double leg break sustained back in October, the professional footballer is planning for his future.  Now halfway through an Open University degree, he flexibly balances his studies and his football career, now currently on loan to Glentoran from Barrow AFC.

19th January 2021
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The benefits of a short course

The Open University, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, is currently offering fully funded places across eight different short courses for those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19. You can find out more here: Fully funded short courses

But what is the benefit of completing a short course over a full degree or diploma?

14th January 2021

Employee Insights: Core Systems LTD

The Open University works closely with a range of exciting businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland to develop opportunities for our students and provide employers with the skills they need to do business productively and efficiently.  We sat down with a few of them to give you an insight from their perspective and give them an opportunity to speak about what they are looking for in students, graduates and employees.

The first in the series is Core Systems Ltd. and their CEO, Patricia O’Hagan MBE.

9th December 2020

Exciting career networking opportunity for OU students

Fieldfisher, a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world’s most dynamic sectors, is opening its virtual doors to showcase the work of its Belfast hub and plans for the future.  Students and graduates of the OU are invited to learn more about what the firm does and network with the staff who work there.

If you are an OU student or graduate from the areas of Law, Business and Management, IT, Finance, HR or simillar areas. you are invited to come along and chat to them.

1st December 2020

Shortlisted for University of the Year and innovative teaching in THE Awards

The OU has been shortlisted for University of the Year and Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020.

The judges said that they were “gratified by the huge number of entries at a time when university staff had so many demands on their time” and said:

“This has been a year like no other, and universities have faced unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic.”

23rd November 2020

Knowledge Transfer Vouchers available to Northern Ireland organisations through The Open University

The Open University is offering a Knowledge Transfer Voucher scheme to SMEs, charities and third sector organisations across Northern Ireland.

Knowledge Transfer Vouchers provide funding of between £5K - £10K for organisations to partner with The Open University to solve challenges faced, identify opportunities for further collaboration and develop lasting partnerships with the University.

12th November 2020

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