The website of The Open University – at www.open.ac.uk – is the only UK university site to have been named as one of the 101 most useful websites by consumers’ organisation Which?
Experts from Which? magazine trawled the internet to identify websites with the potential to help users change their lives. In the UK alone, there are more than six million sites from which the choice could be made.
The University’s site appears alongside a host of other influential sites that consumers see as essential to their lives, including NHS Direct, Citizens Advice, Freecycle and the Financial Services Authority.
The University’s inclusion on the list bears out the value that the OU places on new media and technologies and recognises the University’s ongoing investment in its website activity.
The OU site includes information about the University’s 580 courses and qualifications; about its distinctive study methods; and about the University’s research activity. It also offers a route through to its OpenLearn website at www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/, which offers free online learning – using the OU’s course materials – at all study levels from access to postgraduate.
The main site also offers information and guidance for visitors who are new to OU study; online study resources; and advice about funding study, making a course choice, and seeking financial support. Details about the University’s work with businesses and organisations to offer opportunities for employee development, and information about the University’s international activity through Open University Worldwide can also be found there