The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has around 200,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.

The OU is rated in the top ten of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2013/14 it had a 91% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.

In the latest assessment exercise for university research (Research Excellence Framework), nearly three quarters (72%) of The Open University’s research was assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available – and awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent. The Open University is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.

The Open University has been in partnership with the BBC for well over 40 years and co-produces around 30 peak time TV and radio series a year, such as Life Story, Secret Life of Books, Cyber Crimes, Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, Child of Our Time, The Bottom Line and Inside the Commons.  Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes over 800 free courses on OpenLearn, which receives 4.5 million visitors a year, and materials on YouTube, Bibblio, AudioBoom and iTunes U, which has recorded over 69 million downloads. For further information please visit:

Recent news from The Open University

8 October: How one NHS anaesthetist is fighting international medical research fraud
John Carlisle's method for spotting potentially fraudulent figures has already been adopted by two top medical journals.

2 October: If politicians are serious about tackling inequality they need to properly overhaul the tax system – here's how
Inequality has reached untenable levels – public spending and wealth taxes are needed.

27 September: Laporan terbaru IPCC : Es di Bumi meleleh dengan cepat akibat pemanasan global, berpengaruh juga bagi manusia
IPCC, badan PBB bertanggung jawab untuk mengkomunikasikan sains iklim, telah merilis laporan mereka tentang lautan dan kriosfer. Singkatnya, ini berita buruk.

26 September: Exoplanet discovery blurs the line between large planets and small stars
The discovery of a huge planet orbiting a small star challenges our understanding of planet formation.

25 September: IPCC report paints catastrophic picture of melting ice and rising sea levels – and reality may be even worse
The UN body responsible for communicating the science of climate breakdown has released its long-awaited report on how we're changing our ice and oceans. In a nutshell, the news isn't good.

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