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23 Free Open University courses support the government's Skill Up initiative in Northern Ireland

Following the NIO announcement of £23million worth of skills funding, people across Northern Ireland are being offered a choice of free study course options with The Open University delivering £1.8million.  

Skill Up (the Flexible Skills Fund) offers opportunities for people to access one of the 23 free Open University postgraduate and microcredential courses across a diverse range of areas from management and leadership, cyber security and sustainability through to entrepreneurship.

3rd September 2021

The Open University launches a new online hub for students entering higher education in Northern Ireland

The Open University has launched a new online hub called ‘Transition to Higher Education in Northern Ireland’ to provide support for new students moving into higher education in Northern Ireland this year regardless of where they are studying.

The new hub, which has been funded by the Department for the Economy, provides short online courses to support new students with study skills, wellbeing and mental health, and student life as well as short courses on a range of subjects including healthcare, business and management, arts, humanities and STEM.

18th August 2021

Community Organisations offered expanded study opportunities with The Open University

The Open University is offering local community organisations the opportunity to offer university level education, with OU support, to those in their local area.

The Open University’s unique Community Partnerships Project will enable community organisations to provide a local learning space for people to undertake Open University study.

16th August 2021

A second chance for Syrian refugee, Rasha

Having settled in Northern Ireland for 4 years after having left Syria, Rasha has been given an opportunity to study that she did not have before.  She is now currently studying a BSc in computing and IT.

Rasha explains how she got to this point;

16th August 2021

'Generation Hustle': The Open University discovers a new wave of Passion-preneurs

Whilst many say young people have been hugely affected by the pandemic, new polling reveals a new wave of optimism when it comes to the study and the career choices of today’s school leavers.
10th August 2021

Open University take the lead in student satisfaction in Northern Ireland

The Open University (OU) has been ranked no.1 university for Overall Student Satisfaction in Northern Ireland for the seventeenth year in a row in the National Student Survey (NSS) results published yesterday.

The NSS is an annual survey of nearly half a million final year students across the UK.  It is their opportunity to give honest feedback about what it has been like to study on their course at their university or college.

16th July 2021

The Open University in Northern Ireland sees a surge in new applicants

The Open University has seen a rise in its student numbers in Northern Ireland over the past year with more people choosing to study online with the OU as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

13th May 2021
A picture of David in his nursing uniform.

Meet David

We recently caught up with OU nursing Alumni, David Ferran, now a Deputy Charge Nurse in the Royal Victoria Hospital and a Practice Tutor for the OU, to talk about all things nursing, from why he went into the profession to his experience of studying with the OU and life as a nurse during the pandemic. 


12th May 2021

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

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