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22 December 2006


Best wishes from the sesame team!

From everyone in the sesame team - enjoy the season's festivities and have a wonderful New Year!

If you are awaiting exam results, good luck - and if you're working on that TMA, remember to take some breaks and fuel yourself with lots of seasonal goodies!

21 December 2006


Number change in New Year

The main contact number for the Student Registration and Enquiry Service (SRS) will change in the New Year.

Currently 0870 333 4340, the number will change to 0845 300 60 90 from 1 January 2007. Opening hours from 1 January will be Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 20.00, and Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00.

20 December 2006


Fund your earth sciences project

Are you hoping to pursue a project in earth sciences?

If so, up to £750 is available to help you. To benefit from the grant, you will need to have good grades in at least three OU Earth Science courses. You don't need to be studying for a PhD or MSc but may be pursuing a private passion.

Application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the link to the right. The deadline is 31 January 2007.

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15 December 2006


End of an era

Those infamous kipper ties, nylon shirts and bearded academics have disappeared from our TV screens when the final Open University course-related TV programme was broadcast at 5.30 on Saturday 15 December.

The first Open University TV programme aired on 3 January 1971 - the week that the Radio Times cost just 1 shilling/5p and the song at the top of the charts was Granddad by Dad's Army actor Clive Dunn.

New technology means that the OU is changing the way it delivers its distance learning. With podcasts, DVD and virtual learning environments, the demand for broadcast course materials has shrunk. The OU also still has a strong TV presence with its involvement in peak-time programmes such as Coast, Child of our Time and Battle of the Geeks.

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13 December 2006


New OUSA website

OUSA, the Open University Students Association, has launched its brand new website.

People visiting the site will benefit from seeing others students' feedback and will be better informed of the services available to students through their OUSA membership.

Says OUSA: "The revitalised site will not only better reflect the quality of service OUSA currently provides through its more conventional media, but will also present a fresh and more aesthetically attractive and user-friendly online presence."

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06 December 2006


Latest issue of sesame now out!

Fancy winning a laptop? Or reading an interview with the BBC's economics editor and Dragons' Den host Evan Davis? If so, make sure you get your hands on the latest edition of sesame.

We also get in the festive spirit with an article on the history of Christmas plus offer you support on essay writing and how to cope with getting your results. A selection of giveaways can also be found in this issue along with a round up of all the latest news including a brand new Italian course.

To see sesame 232 online click on the link on the right or on the left bar under 'Information'.

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