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Student Stories: Laura Ellis – Pursuing her career whilst studying

Meet Laura from Belfast, studying a BA in Business Management with the OU.   

She went through school ‘the usual way’, studying history, biology and ICT at A-Level. She then started a degree in Software Engineering at a traditional university but eventually decided it wasn’t for her. Over the next few years, she took some time out and worked in a coffee shop, working her way up to a management position. Eventually she hit a crossroads in her life. 

16th November 2021
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Belfast-based IT company demonstrates proactive approach to skills challenges

The UK skills shortage is being felt across every sector, region and nation of the UK. In Northern Ireland, 69 per cent of employers report a skills shortage in their organisation, with nearly half (46%) saying their biggest challenge over the next five years will be their ability to find staff with the right skills.

4th November 2021

The Open University champions COP26 with ‘Green Zone’ event exploring culture, citizens and climate

The Open University is hosting a unique event at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) as one of several initiatives to mark its commitment to responding to the climate crisis.  

1st November 2021

The Lord Mayor of Belfast visits The Open University

The Open University (the OU) has welcomed a visit from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kate Nicholl, locally to their Belfast Office.

Speaking on the visit, John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Kate Nicholl to meet with our committed staff and students. Kate has been a wonderful ambassador for Belfast since taking up the post."

19th October 2021

Student Stories: Peter's Experience with Employer Sponsorship and OU Flexibility

Peter is a Technical Leader in Mass Spectrometry with Almac Sciences based in Craigavon. 

He chose to study with the OU due to the flexibility on offer as you study.    

13th October 2021
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Skills gap challenge for businesses in Northern Ireland

The Open University’s annual Business Barometer 2021 report reveals nearly three quarters (69%) of Northern Ireland businesses believe there is a skills shortage in their organisation. That’s the highest % of any region of the UK (67% in England, 60% in Wales, 63% in Scotland).

7th October 2021

Ministerial visit to The Open University in Northern Ireland

The Open University in Northern Ireland has welcomed a visit from the Minister for the Economy, Gordon Lyons MLA.

30th September 2021

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.  

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.

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.

16th August 2021

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