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Welcome to The Open University
We bring university to you. We’ve pioneered supported distance learning for over 50 years and are the world leaders in high-quality distance education.
Our flexible approach to learning means you can study from home around your job, family and life. So you can gain a recognised qualification without putting your life on hold. Plus, you’ll receive expert tutor support every step of the way and join our community of learners in the UK and 157 countries worldwide.
The Open University was established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969. We’ve come a long way since then, constantly innovating our teaching and research at every step to make sure that our founding mission – enabling access to education for all – remains as relevant now as it did over 50 years ago.
An OU qualification is just as rigorous and respected as one from a campus-based university and is highly valued by employers. What’s different is our unique approach to learning, which means you don’t have to put your life on hold.