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In Conversation with….Professor Linda Colley, Princeton University

As part of our on-going partnership with Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre we are pleased to be holding another ‘In Conversation with….’ event on 10 March 2014 at 5.30pm at the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay.

Professor Linda Colley is the Shelby MC Davis 1958 professor of history at Princeton University, she is the author of ‘Britons: Forging the Nation 1707 – 1837’ and ‘Acts of Union and Disunion’ which was accompanied by a BBC Radio 4 series earlier this year. In the year of the Scottish referendum and the continued development and debate around devolution in Wales Professor Colley will discuss her work and her views on the future of the United Kingdom.

This event is free and open to everyone but you do need to register – to register please email


Report reveals flexible provision and targeted support are essential for carers to access education

Report reveals flexible provision and targeted support are essential for carers to access education

A new report produced by the Open University in Wales offers valuable insights into the needs of carers if they are to access, and succeed, in higher and further education. The report reveals that flexible provision of education, such as the distance learning approach offered by the Open University, is essential for carers whose lives are busy, unpredictable and often stressful.

The report also highlights the importance of targeting information materials and support specifically for carers as well as demonstrating the essential role of carers’ organisations and trusted intermediary bodies in helping carers to access educational opportunities.

The report, ‘Extending opportunities for carers’ is an evaluation of the work undertaken with carers over the past 3 years by The Open University in Wales, funded by The Waterloo Foundation. The evaluation research involved a survey of the carers who had engaged with the project alongside follow-up interviews to get to the heart of the everyday experiences of those looking to learn alongside their caring responsibilities.

The report identifies the issues and barriers faced by carers considering or undertaking study and also makes recommendations for higher education institutions and the education sector in general for supporting carers in learning.

Carers report


A year of impact.

The Open University’s Annual Report 2012/13 highlights our impact on individuals, on business and across the world. With stories from Wales, across the UK and around the globe the report showcases a year of innovation and life-changing impact.

Open University Annual Report



Experience a unique live performance celebrating the research and impact of The Open University.

The Open University in Wales invites you celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Harold Wilson’s vision for ‘The University of the Air.’ Cardiff’s historic Tramshed is the location for a unique performance that combines projected animation and live dance.

Steve Geliot’s Trajectory uses cutting-edge technology, large-scale projection and live action. Working with dancers Tania Råman and Jo Fong, Geliot will transform the Tramshed into a stunning, immersive environment that tells the story of the University of the Air.

This is a free, unique, one-off event and capacity may be limited . If you would like to attend, please register by following this link:

For a preview visit: #trajectory #ou_art

Friday 6 December 6pm, 7pm and 9pm at The Tramshed, Cardiff. The performance will take place 3 times during the evening with each performance lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Free Admission
Clare Road
(entrance on Pendyris Street)
Cardiff, CF11 6QP

We hope you can join us!

Trajectory invite


Nine years running – OU in Wales on top for student satisfaction

The Open University remains the top university in Wales for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey (NSS) results released today (13th August 2013).

The results show that 91% of OU in Wales students declare themselves to be “satisfied with the quality of their course”, with the OU being the only Higher Education Institution in Wales to score above 90%.

This is the ninth successive year that students at The Open University in Wales are more satisfied with the quality of their higher education than those at any other university in Wales.

Rob Humphreys, Director of The Open University in Wales, said:

“As Wales’s largest provider of part-time higher education, we are proud to be able to deliver quality, support and access at scale and distance. Students are at the heart of what we do and we are thrilled to remain top in Wales for overall student satisfaction.
“It’s our mission to continue to provide students right across Wales with the best study opportunities and experience possible. I’d like to congratulate staff right across the OU who have helped achieve this result.”

News Release


For our skills, communities and culture: Why part-time higher education works for Wales


This document outlines themes, issues and policy proposals to support distance and part-time higher education ahead of the National Assembly election in 2011.

At this time, as political parties develop their manifestos which they hope to implement in government, we seek to set out how part-time higher education works for Wales and what The Open University offers the next Welsh government to help deliver on its investment in lifelong learning.

All issues raised and suggestions made are done so with a recognition of the current economic climate and medium-term recovery conditions and do not come with an expensive price-tag.

Widening access to higher education has been a major objective of the current government, and is core also to The Open University’s mission. We hope that the next government seeks to create an inclusive and socially just Wales, where each citizen has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute to a more economically prosperous nation.

The Open University looks forward to playing a major role in realising these aims.



OU in Wales achieves Green Dragon Environmental Standard

Green Dragon

In a continuing effort to improve our environmental sustainability, The Open University in Wales was recently awarded Level Two of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard. Green Dragon is a stepped standard which recognises the steps taken by companies and organisations to achieve environmental improvements.

Further details of the Green Dragon standard can be found at: Ground Work in Wales


How Well Do You Know The Open University?

(i) The Open University climbed 3,13, or 23 places in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) to reach the no 43 UK slot?

(ii) Which organisation has funded The Open University’s Biodiversity Laboratory to the tune of £2m?

(iii) Student recruitment in Wales onto The Open University’s part-time courses in 2009 has risen by 15%, 28% or 30%?

(iv) What is the name of the new popular TV science programme that The Open University has co-produced with the BBC?

(v) The Open University has more than 1,000 postgraduate students registered for research degrees. True or False?

(vi) Which other University in Wales shares the Open University Centre for Research in Computing’s 16th place in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise?

(vii) What do Lenny Henry, Joan Armatrading and Jerry Hall all have in common?

(viii) Since 2004, the Open University has seen a 50% growth in competitively awarded research income. True or False?

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