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14 April 2008


OU and the RCN in Northern Ireland join forces

The Open University and the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland, are joining forces in a new learning partnership.

The partnership was officially launched at Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Friday 11 April.

Rosemary Hamilton, Director of The Open University in Ireland, said: "This partnership will bring together the excellent learning programmes offered by the RCN with the OU's high quality open learning courses to create a ladder of learning for health and social care service staff that extends from access and return to learning courses, through pre-registration nursing right up to postgraduate degrees.

"This Alliance can enhance the potential for us to reach out and draw in new learners whose circumstances may prevent them from engaging in more traditional forms of learning and we can do this in every corner of Northern Ireland."