Skip to content

Toggle service links

Coronavirus: Please be aware it may take us slightly longer to respond than usual. Find out about our coronavirus response and current contact hours.

You are here

  1. Home
  2. Innovation & engagement
  3. Case Studies
  4. Partnerships to benefit society

Partnerships to benefit society

The Open University is unique among UK universities in combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence. We have over 1000 research academics working at the forefront of knowledge in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

‘Open’ is not just a name. We are open to the world, open to innovation and open to problem-solving.

We have forged successful partnerships with our community, the third sector, academic institutions, public services and industry. The Open University ranks in the top third of UK universities for research and development. We want our research to be out there. We want it to have an impact in society.

Our partners praise The Open University’s academics for their ground-breaking and creative approach to project management, original thinking and data analysis. We understand that true and practical innovation can only happen when we work with partners who bring their own specific expertise and application to the table. Together, we can make a real difference.

It is through partnership that we have tackled the most challenging problems and we are proud of the real-world impact these positive relationships have had.

Download the booklet