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: www.open.ac.uk
Recent news from The Open University
8 August: Tardigrades: we're now polluting the moon with near indestructible little creatures
An Israeli spacecraft carrying tardigrades crashed into the moon. Whether they will survive is irrelevant.
31 July: Moon 2069: lunar tourism and deep space launches a century on from Apollo?
By 2069, we could be seeing the start of regular journeys from the moon to Mars.
31 July: Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 5 – what space exploration will look like in 2069
Episode five of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
31 July: To the moon and beyond 5: What space exploration will look like in 2069
The fifth episode of the To the moon and beyond podcast series explores where we will be travelling in 2069.
19 July: How geological maps made the Apollo moon landings worthwhile
We have the Apollo missions to thank for a lot of our geological knowledge about the moon.