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Registration for undergraduate modules starting in October 2022



Registration is open until 8 September 2022

COVID-19 Contingency Planning

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some changes that we’ve had to make concerning University operations in the light of further developments regarding the current spread of COVID-19


Face-To-Face Visits

In line with current Government guidance in response to COVID-19, the University has taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events for the foreseeable future. Our Associate Lecturers (Tutors) have also been asked to cancel any prison or secure unit face-to-face tutorial visits with immediate effect. Where possible, we are asking colleagues to explore alternative options to provide tutorial support to our students in secure environments via telephone or correspondence.

Ongoing Student Support

All our staff are currently having to working from home. Please note many of our Associate Lecturers already work from home and therefore their situation with supporting students and providing TMA feedback should not change. We do, however, find ourselves in a rapidly changing environment and therefore the advice we are providing may be subject to change.

Due to GDPR regulations we are only able to provide student specific information to people listed as an Advocate for the student.

TMA, EMA and iCMA Submission

Assignments should be submitted either online via the eTMA system or by email into the eTMA mailbox where possible. This prevents the delays that are inevitable from the postal system and internal handling of post. However, if electronic submission is not available, assignments can be sent by post to our Milton Keynes office (see address below).

Accessibility Team
Students in Secure Environments
The Open University
Frank Henshaw Building
Hammerwood Gate
East Campus
Milton Keynes


Special Circumstances Forms

We’ve recommended that students in prisons or secure hospital units submit a Special Circumstances form and we’ve asked for these to be submitted via e-mail to  If it isn’t possible to submit the form via e-mail, it can be sent to the following address:

Director of Assessment, Credit and Qualifications
Ref: Special Circumstances
The Open University
PO Box 720
Milton Keynes

We appreciate your patience during this time and can assure you we are doing everything we can to continue to support students in secure environments through this difficult period.