23 Facts About Open University


Open University is a British public research university and the largest university in the United Kingdom by number of students.

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The Open University is one of only two United Kingdom higher education institutions to gain accreditation in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency, recognised by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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Open University was founded by the Labour government under Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

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Open University believed that it would help build a more competitive economy while promoting greater equality of opportunity and social mobility.

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Open University Employees Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative established by the university for staff in 1994.

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In 1982, Open University offered a course titled, "The Effective Manager", developed by a team that was led by Charles Handy.

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In 2005, after SIM formed SIM Open University, it took over SIM-OUC students and granted those who graduated in 2006 a choice between a UniSIM or OUUK degree.

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Open University continues to adopt Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment with their own team deploying custom plugins.

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Open University modules are often assessed using an equal weighting of examinations and coursework.

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Open University modules have associated with them a number of Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme credits – usually 30 or 60 – depending on the quantity of the material in the module and a level corresponding to the complexity, with 120 credits roughly equating to the year of study for a full-time student.

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Open University degrees provide students with access to a wide variety of subjects to develop a personalised curriculum to meet their vocational needs and personal interests.

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Open University provides the opportunity to study for a PhD on a part-time distance, or a full-time basis in a wide range of disciplines as well as an EdD for professionals in education.

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Since 2019 the Open University has offered a professional doctorate for healthcare workers.

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Unlike most United Kingdom universities, degree ceremonies at the Open University are not graduation ceremonies as such —although honours degrees are normally conferred on these occasions.

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Open University ranked third in National Student Survey 2021 achieving 88.

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Open University produced in collaboration with Springer Nature the Computer Science Ontology, which is a large-scale automatically generated taxonomy of research topics in the field of Computer Science.

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In 2013 the Open University honoured Terry Pratchett with an honorary doctorate.

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Open University has been featured in many films and television programmes.

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Open University's attends private tutorials run by alcoholic lecturer Frank.

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Dorian Green from Birds of a Feather announced she had been accepted by the Open University to do a degree in psychology and began studying with the university in series 3.

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Open University has a diverse network of partners across the globe.

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Once approved, partner institutions offer Open University validated awards, granted under the university's royal charter.

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From 2014 to 2022, the Open University is working with Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge to establish a new EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training to develop skills in civil nuclear energy for global markets.

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