The Open University*
About The Open University*
Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership we seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning.
How we deliver our mission
The Open University’s Students First - strategy for growth (pdf) is the means by which we will continue transforming lives through education, building on our success and delivering our mission in a changing world.
Our Annual Reports provide a record of our work, events, projects and financial highlights year by year.
Open to all
Most of our undergraduate courses have no formal entry requirements. We believe that the qualifications our students have when they leave are the only ones that matter.
We are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, and close monitoring makes sure that we live up to our ideals.
Supporting students with disabilities
The OU has more disabled students than any other university in Europe. The flexible nature of OU study and our experience in harnessing enabling technologies to support learning means over 20,000 people with a wide range of disabilities – including mental health issues – choose to study with us each year.
Widening access in education
We work in partnership with national and local organisations to open up higher education to underrepresented groups, reaching out to potential students in their communities – and ensuring that, once on board, these students receive the support they need to succeed in their studies.
Our Access modules are designed to help people find out what it’s like to study with the OU, build study skills and gain confidence.