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LATEST News - 31 October 2014

29 June 2011

SESAME

SESAME 248 (SUMMER)

The summer issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available to read online.

Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

*** Please note - on the My Story of p33, when Steve McNeice refers to being contacted by an OU assessor he is refering to an adviser at a regional centre. Additionally, his assessment was carried out by the OU Access Centre for the DSA office. ***

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17 March 2011

NOTICEBOARD

CLASSIFIED ADS ON WWW.OPEN.AC.UK/PLATFORM

It is now possible to post items on Platform's noticeboard, including the advertisement of items for sale and items wanted (terms and conditions apply).

http://www8.open.ac.uk/platform/join-in/notices

Please read the full terms and conditions of use before posting a notice.

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15 February 2011

SESAME

SESAME 248 (SPRING) - CANCELLED

Please note that there will be no spring issue of Sesame 2011 as the Sesame team have been busily assisting colleagues to relaunch Platform, the website for the OU community online.

You will soon be able to view the new-improved site at www.open.ac.uk/platform, where amongst many other things you can seek advice (or bestow advice) from new, current and former students.

Sesame will resume with the summer issue.

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06 January 2011

SESAME

SESAME 247 (WINTER)

The winter issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available to read online.

Please note: The details of the Student fees story on p4 has since been updated, as the Minister of State for Universities and Science announced in December that the threshold for eligibility for student loans was lowered to include 30-credit modules.

Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

For daily news, features and interviews aimed at the OU community, visit Platform (see right).

*** Please note, we have made all weblinks and email addresses live, so just click on the visible website/email address to launch the relevant item in your web browser. ***

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31 August 2010

SESAME

SESAME 246 (AUTUMN)

The autumn issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available to read online.

Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

*** Please note that we have made all weblinks and email addresses live, so just click on the visible website/email address to launch the relevant item in your web browser. ***


***A CORRECTION*** p25 - Professor Mary Stuart was in fact Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Sussex, not the Centre for Continuing Education as reported in this Autumn issue.

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07 June 2010

SESAME

SESAME 245 (SUMMER)

The summer issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available to read online. This issue is a specially themed one, with a large focus on the work and relationships that the University has with many employers.

We hope you enjoy reading the latest issue and enjoy learning more about The Open University's activities are aiding industry and employers in the UK and beyond.

Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

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01 March 2010

SESAME

SESAME 244 (SPRING)

The spring issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available.

We hope you enjoy reading the latest issue. Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

Please note that we have made all weblinks and some other page elements (such as the text on the cover) interactive, so just click on the red-outlined link to launch the website/email or to jump to the feature referenced.

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29 January 2010

NEWS

Tesco Rewards Tokens

Important change to terms and conditions relating to payment by Tesco Rewards Tokens

The terms and conditions relating to the use of Tesco Clubcard Rewards Tokens for University courses is changing on 1 June 2010.

From that date tokens may only be used as full or part payment towards level one courses – unlike the current position where they can be used for any undergraduate level course.

This change was brought about from a review of the scheme, in the light of the current economic situation that all universities are facing.

Those who've been collecting tokens may still use them to pay or part pay for their 2011 course, providing it is booked and paid for by the June 1 cut-off date this year.

Explained the OU's Jo Stetzel, Marketing Affinity Manager: “ If a student has sufficient tokens, they may still register on a level two or three course starting on or after 1 June 2010, providing that Student Services receive the registration agreement and tokens by 31 May.

“They have almost four months to think about and make decisions,” she added.

News of the change in terms and conditions is also being announced on the StudentHome homepage and in the next Tesco Clubcard Rewards brochure.

UPDATE: There is now more information available about this on StudentHome.

A feature on using the Tesco Clubcard Deals tokens to study with the OU was included on p24 of the the Winter 2009 issue of Sesame.



06 January 2010

SESAME

SESAME 243 (WINTER)

Sesame 243 (Winter)

The Winter issue of your student and alumni magazine is now available.

Please note that we have made all weblinks and some other page elements (such as the text on the cover) interactive, so just click on the link to launch the website/email or to jump to the feature.

This new issue includes focus on the numerous ways to enable you to study further with the OU and captivating interviews with students, alumni and honorary graduates. We also take a look at some of the newest and most popular OU courses, and there are the several academic interviews, including insight into the fascinating subject of artificial intelligence.

We hope you enjoy reading the latest issue. Please get in touch with your views and comments, both good and bad, at the usual address: sesame@open.ac.uk

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11 September 2009

SESAME

SESAME 242 (AUTUMN)

Autumn issue of Sesame

Let's celebrate! The autumn issue of Sesame has special coverage of this year's degree ceremonies, with students' across the nations telling their stories of studying with the OU and what it means to them to graduate. There's also a look at this year's honorary graduates and an account of a degree ceremony in one of HM Prisons. Also included are:

The 2008 Course Results
New OU courses (including Beginner's Chinese)
A look at new OU online conferencing tool Elluminate
Brand-new OU nature website iSpot
Professor Gerard Hastings on the hazy subject of tobacco

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26 June 2009

SESAME

SESAME 241 (SUMMER)

In this scorching Summer issue are interviews with former Hollyoaks actress, and current OU student, Elize du Toit; honorary graduate Deborah Bull, ballet star and now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House; and Coast presenter Neil Oliver. Academic contribution include the risk of using hands-free mobile phones while driving; the danger of parental anxiety in the UK today; plus student and career advice, a look at the latest OU courses and much, much more.

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24 March 2009

SUMMER

SESAME 240 (SPRING)

The latest edition of Sesame is out today. This new issue marks the 40th anniversary of the OU with a special celebratory section. Also in the issue is an in-depth feature on space exploration, an interview with crime writer and OU student Ian Rankin, new course offerings from the OU, and much, much more.

Sesame 240 (Spring)

13 January 2009

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Course results 2007

On the 'Full story' link to the right are results of a selection of the 30- and 60-point courses that ended in October 2007. They do not include results of other completion periods earlier in the year and some very low population courses.

Don't be put off by a low pass rate, as results vary from year to year and an aggregate figure gives little guidance to any individual's chance of success.

Key to abbreviations:

Fin Reg
Number of finally registered students on course

Freg E/ECA (%)
Percentage of finally registered students examined/submitting end-of-course assessment

Freg pass (%)
Percentage of finally registered students who passed

E/ECA pass (%)
Percentage of those examined/submitting end-of-course assessment who passed.

A103, DD121, DD122, MU120, MST121 and M150 have continuous assessment only on the course. The figures in the pass columns reflect those who passed on continuous assessment, and are not comparable with courses within an examination/ECA.

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01 January 2009

SESAME

WELCOME SESAME

Welcome Sesame: received by all new students with their welcome pack.

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11 December 2008

SESAME

SESAME 239 (WINTER)

The latest edition of Sesame is out today. Inside the issue is an in-depth look at the UK's renewable energy future, student and alumni stories, and New Year courses to inspire a new you! Plus much, much more.

Sesame 239

18 November 2008

News

Inject a bit of OUmph into your screensaver

Fancy injecting a bit of OUmph into your screensaver? Then download the OU Life Screensaver which has been relaunched to provide you with the latest OU news, facts, course information, TV highlights, competitions and more.

The new screensaver includes the latest OU news stories, top 10 films, historical facts, OU/BBC productions, new courses and the chance to win a range of prizes.

We are currently running competitions to win tickets to The Clothes Show Live event at the NEC and the Birmingham Tattoo so visit www.open.ac.uk/oulifescreensaver to download the service and be in with a chance of winning.

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08 October 2008

News

Sesame 238 out!

The latest edition of Sesame is out with photos and news from award ceremonies this year, all the latest course news, an in-depth look at the Slow Food movement and much, much more!

Issue 238 of Sesame

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26 June 2008

NEWS

Office politics, conflict and resolution

No matter how good you are at your work, you're unlikely to rise high in your organisation unless you are also good at managing people. And effective people management is also vital to organisational success.

People skills come more naturally to some than others but they can be learnt – and now The Open University has produced a set of online continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help aspiring managers tackle issues ranging from office feuds to company politics.

For more information, visit The Open University's OU at Work website (see link, right).

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24 June 2008

NEWS

The TESSA project

Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA) is a research and development initiative creating high-quality, multimedia open educational resources (OERs) for teachers and teacher educators working in Sub-Saharan Africa. The resources are available across nine African countries and four languages (Arabic, English, French and Kiswahali).

The main funding for the programme has come from the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust (first Dean of Arts at the OU) and also the Hewlett Foundation. It is believed to be the largest open educational resource online site for teachers in the African continent and is free for anyone to access.


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20 June 2008

News

OU student nurse wins award

Jackie (centre) at the ceremony

Jackie Moore, an OU student nurse at Belfast City Hospital, has won the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Student Nurse of the Year 2008.

She graduated with the Diploma (Adult Branch) in May 2008 and has gone straight into employment as a registered nurse. Prior to this, Jackie was a nursing auxiliary for 14 years and a health care assistant before embarking on The Open University's new Pre-registration Nursing Programme.

Donna Gallagher from the OU's Faculty of Health & Social Care said: "It was always Jackie's dream to become a nurse and she worked exceptionally hard to achieve her goal, gaining a number of distinctions in her studies along the way. What ultimately won her the status of Student Nurse of the Year was a demonstration of great leadership skills in identifying a gap in communication with a patient and trying to make the patient experience better on the whole for those that are transferred or referred from other hospitals."



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