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The Virtual Campus (England and Wales only)

The Virtual Campus is a secure, web-based learning environment delivered by a partnership consisting of Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), education providers and service suppliers. The Open University is one of those partners.

The majority of the modules we offer in our SiSE prospectus are now available through the Virtual Campus for students who reside in prisons in England and Wales.

Modules will be in the standard OU format which will only work on Hybrid systems in prison. This is the result of work which has been undertaken by HMPPS, Meganexus, XMA and the OU.

Studying through the Virtual Campus delivers significant benefits to students:

  • They are able to view the materials digitally, rather than on paper, particularly beneficial when students are waiting to receive the offline versions of course materials
  • It includes the audio-visual materials in their original format
  • They are able to complete interactive activities such as quizzes and iCMAs online
  • They are able to submit TMAs directly into the eTMA system (via the Secure Relay System and their nominated OU prison contact)
  • It offers a much better study experience and one which is more aligned with general population students
  • It allows students to develop familiarity with IT systems and means they will be better prepared for continuing with OU study on release

Log in details are sent to the OU contact at the prison once students are registered on modules available via the Virtual Campus and as the module start date approaches. We recommend that students do not start using their module website(s) until the module start date.


Should you have any enquiry relating to the OU Portal on the Virtual Campus, please email or telephone 01908 654459.

If you experience any technical problems with the Virtual Campus, please contact the Meganexus custody team for support.

Telephone:  0800 029 3456

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