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.
The Open University's best aspect is that its distance learning experience helps students become more self-disciplined regarding their studies. However, a con is that because students are spaced all around the world, social communication is minimal.
The Open University has been an extremely positive higher education experience, it is not a stretch to say that it has changed my life. Support is very accessible, the Professors are very helpful and the course material is very well organised and thought out. Its a stress free, ideal learning environment. I am very happy to have invested my tuition in this university. The...
My experience studying law at the open university is great. I meet people from different backgrounds, and my lecturers are enthusiastic to seeing that students do well in their studies. The support from the academic team is awesome and this is a motivation to me.
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