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The Open University in the East Midlands

In the East Midlands

As well as being a provider of education nationally, The Open University is involved in a number of local projects and partnerships, contributing to education and the local economy.


Our Regional Centre

The Open University in the East Midlands is based in Nottingham and supports students who live in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, parts of Derbyshire, Rutland and part of Staffordshire (Burton-on-Trent area). Our regional centre staff supports around 12,000 students and 425 tutors by phone, email and through tutorials at a number of study centres.

In addition to the usual regional functions our region is the national focus for the Postgraduate Technology and Computing programmes. Also based in the centre are the Student Registration & Enquiry Service and the National Careers team.

Our Regional Centre is a hub for enquirers and students, with regular events to give you a feel for what it's like to study with the OU. If you are thinking about studying with the OU or are trying to decide which course is right for you please look at our events calendar to see which event is most convenient for you.

At our centre, our student services teams help with:
• study planning and advice
• revision and examinations queries
• enquiries and support for revision, residential and day schools
• obtaining special study equipment or arrangements for students with disabilities
• career planning


Open Near You

We work with libraries, museums and other organisations across the city to provide a busy programme of events throughout the year, aimed at people who are new to the OU or who have had some time away from study. Come along for an informal conversation to get answers to your questions about courses, study methods and how to fit study around the rest of your life.

Please click below to view the full programme of OU Events in the East Midlands


Working within the local community

Lots of work is done outside the regional centre and in the local community. Promotions and information events are planned throughout the region. Over the last few years we have developed a relationship with UNISON and we have developed a series of exciting free workshops as part of an ongoing commitment to provide learning opportunities for their members.

We have delivered these to hundreds of people in the workplace and at hospitals, councils and schools on a variety of topics the most popular being our stress workshop which we have delivered numerous times over the past few years.

The stress workshop is called Positive Approaches to Managing Stress at Work. It is suitable for any individual affected by stress who wishes to add resources to build their ‘resilience tool kit’ for greater well-being. The workshop will draw on Positive Psychology (PP), the science of happiness. Using ideas such as the human strengths of virtue, hope, optimism, wisdom, creativity and emotional intelligence, we will explore what makes us stronger and more able to cope with stress.

We are currently developing the workshops for 2013.


Adult Learners Week

We are proud to support Adult Learners Week and have developed our own award ‘The OU in the Midlands Inspirational Learner Award’. The award celebrates adult learners and gives them the chance to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.

Founded and co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Adult Learners’ Week 2013 will be held from 18th – 24th May 2013. The winner of the Inspirational Learner Award will receive an OU learning voucher and be invited to the Midlands Regional Adult Learners Week awards which will take place on the 22nd May 2013 in Leicester.

Last year Barbara Keenan won the Senior Learner of the Year East Midlands “The Open University is a wonderful institution giving, as it does, a second chance for many who may not have been able to take a university degree straight from school.”


Health and Social Care - working with Employers

The Open University in the East Midlands is successfully establishing and sustaining effective partnerships with a range of corporate sponsors in Social Work, Social Care and Healthcare settings aimed at widening opportunities for staff to access professional qualifications through The Open University's flexible and part-time routes.

Since the launch of the Diploma in Social Work Programme local student numbers have grown dramatically. Twenty sponsoring agencies in the East Midlands are currently involved. These include statutory and voluntary providers within Social Work and Social Care contexts and a range of other providers who require staff to have social work qualifications, including those in Youth Offending and Education Services and in Health and Counselling settings within Asian communities.

We have a well established relationship with East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery who commission our Pre-Registration Nursing Programme in adult nursing or mental health nursing and fund a wide range of our health and social care courses, making them available to all registered health care professionals across the East Midlands. The Pre-Registration Nursing Programme has been delivered in the region since 2004, and we currently have partnerships with seven Trusts in the north of the region and are currently expanding the programme into the south of the region. Our first nursing students graduated with a Diploma in Higher Education (Mental Health Nursing) and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in May 2008. The recent alliance of the Open University with the Royal College of Nursing Institute has increased the post-registration nursing pathways available and opened up study opportunities for all registered practitioners at Masters level. The Health Sector has shown a growing interest in our collaborative teaching arrangements, particularly in relation to our new Mentoring and Assessment in Health and Social Care Settings course. Opportunities for teaching partnerships with other Universities are explored through active membership of The East Midlands Universities Association's Healthcare Task group.

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