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5 million workers uncertain of post-covid role

Covid-19 is expected to significantly change the skills required for as many as 5 million job roles across the UK, driving a surge in employees seeking out distance learning opportunities, according to The Open University.

3rd June 2020
Louise Casella, Director of The Open University in Wales

Blog: Education before and after lockdown

Director of the OU in Wales Louise Casella discusses the impact the coronavirus has had on us, and looks at what it might mean for the future of university education in Wales. .

28th May 2020
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How OU students in Wales are making a difference during global pandemic

From working on the frontline to creating resources to help with home schooling, here are just some of the ways OU students in Wales have been making a difference during the global pandemic.

22nd May 2020
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Workers are learning online for free during lockdown in Wales

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, more and more people across Wales are turning to the OU’s OpenLearn site to enrol on free courses. 

20th May 2020

Coronavirus: Innovative Distance Learning training for Cardiff’s teachers

Innovative training has been developed to assist Cardiff’s teachers in continuing to provide education and learning to children and young people during school closures, caused by COVID-19.

14th May 2020
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The Open University in Wales invites people to learn for free while staying at home

The Open University (OU) in Wales is encouraging people to follow one of its online courses whilst being asked to stay at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The OU has seen a spike in visitors to its free online learning platform OpenLearn to access its health, wellbeing and educational content in a time of huge societal need.

The site usually sees an average of 835,000 unique visitors per month. In March 2020, this shot up to 1.77 million and is at 1.64 million for April.

14th May 2020

The Open University in Wales helps provide online training for furloughed workforce during coronavirus pandemic

The Open University in Wales has been working with the Welsh Government to provide new e-learning for workers furloughed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

24th April 2020
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Rise in visitors to OU's one-stop-shop for free learning

The Open University has seen a spike in visitors to its free online learning platform OpenLearn to access its health, wellbeing and educational content in a time of huge societal need.

24th April 2020
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Innovative project sparks new collaborations between education providers and industry

An innovative project has brought together universities, further education colleges and industries across South Wales to share and develop ideas,and examine the ways in which they can work better together.

The £1.2m HEFCW funded Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) programme, has facilitated more than 60 workshops and masterclasses, and more than 100 staff and industry placements over the last year. 

24th April 2020

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24th April 2020

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