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Sustainability at The Open University

We are dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge and learning to realise social and environmental justice.
We see our primary roles in sustainability as:

  • An educator – placing sustainability at the heart of our teaching, research and knowledge exchange.
  • A business – championing best practice across all four nations of the UK.

COP26 has catalysed a review of our sustainability website and these pages will be further developed.

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Sustainability at The Open University

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Learn about the importance of COP26 and climate change through our COP26 Hub. Read about our Green Zone event in collaboration with Glasgow Life and hear from our official COP26 Observers.

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Qualifications and microcredentials

Explore our range of courses in sustainability. Find out about our traditional undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, and our new suite of short, skills-focused courses.

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Free courses

Discover the latest free courses on sustainability, delivered through OpenLearn’s bite-sized learning experiences.

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Research & Knowledge Exchange

Read about our thriving Research and Knowledge Exchange community to understand the processes and systems that nourish and sustain us and our planet.

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The OU and the BBC

For over 50 years, The OU and the BBC have worked together co-producing hundreds of hours of programming and bringing learning to life for millions around the world.

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The OU as a business

View our policies, statements, reports and guidance relating to sustainability.

Sustainability news