The OU was founded to open up higher education to all, regardless of background or circumstances. Our mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas—and as such, equality and diversity are at the heart of everything we do.
Our qualifications range from certificates, diplomas and short courses to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
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The Open University has its headquarters at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes, which is 80km north of Central London, midway between Oxford and Cambridge, and just off the M1 motorway, linking it to Birmingham and the north of England.Academics at Milton Keynes
Around 1,200 full-time academics are based at the Milton Keynes campus, along with some 250 of our 1,400 full-time and part-time postgraduate research students.
Research at Milton Keynes
The University has invested significantly in its infrastructure for research, increasing laboratory space at Milton Keynes headquarters by nearly 50 percent in the last seven years. Our newest facility is the Jennie Lee Building, which houses dedicated laboratories for pervasive computing and deployment of ambient and ubiquitous technologies.Services at Milton Keynes
Our students and academics are supported by around 4,000 administrative, technical, secretarial and student services staff. Among the administrative and service units with a public-facing role who are based at Walton Hall are:
The OU plays an active role in Milton Keynes life. Among the local networks in which it is a partner, member or sponsor are:
The campus is open to students, alumni supporters and local residents at Open Days held every two to three years. In 2009 the OU celebrated its 40th anniversary by opening up the campus at the Open Unlimited event.
Distance learning is done really well, I am looking forwards to the in-person learning for the science practicals, however these have sadly been postponed due to COVID.
I loved studying with the O.U. The course is challenging and exciting, however, it can be a struggle with learning disabilities, that being said the students support team is excellent
Flexible learning with an intuitive learning portal. Great for someone like me that prefers to study independently and only receive major input as and when I need it. The modules are intuitively designed so your knowledge builds organically. For the most part the tutors are excellent and are highly respected in their fields.
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