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Open University


  • The University was given its Royal Charter in 1969.
  • Since then, it has become the UK's largest university, and the only UK university dedicated to distance learning.
  • More than two million people have studied with the OU since its opening. Today more than 30% of all part-time undergraduate students in the UK study with the OU.
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  • Location
    Central England
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Academic specialism

  • The Open University has always been a world leader in the use of new technologies to improve the quality of education for students and to broaden their access to it. Students on two-thirds of all courses undertake e-learning activities to achieve defined learning outcomes. All courses include optional online activities.
  • The University's "open" mission allows for those people whose previous qualifications would be unlikely to allow them access to university education elsewhere to enter higher education.

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  • OU students study in their own homes and workplaces, taking courses whose materials and methods are specifically designed for this type of distance learning.
  • All have tutors, and most also have the opportunity to meet tutors and other students at local tutorials.
  • The University's methods allow for study anywhere in the UK and in many other parts of the world.