The OU is globally recognised and respected as a leader in distance learning, achieving an overall Gold rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework. The OU is globally recognised and respected as a leader in distance learning, achieving an overall Gold rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework.
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Why the OU

The Open University has a rich heritage and proven track record in distance learning, educating workers for over 50 years.

As pioneers of online education, we have a proven platform and pedagogy. Designed specifically for distance learners, our innovative approaches have supported 2.3 million learners to achieve their ambitions over the last 50 years. 

Furthermore, our Business School is part of an elite group of just 1% of business schools worldwide that are triple accredited, delivering transformational education in business and management.

Our collaborative approach to in-work learning is so successful because it is:  

  • Designed in consultation with employers to meet their unique L&D needs
  • Developed by industry, academic and IT experts to maximise student success
  • Delivered around in the world, via innovative and accessible technology 

Studying flexibly with The Open University, your staff will benefit from:

  • Cutting-edge learning technology and resources
  • Online and in-person support from academic and workplace tutors
  • A collaborative learning community of peers and fellow professionals

Find out more about partnering with The Open University.  

Learning for the whole workforce

Our programmes span everything from microcredentials to MBAs, meaning you can upskill staff at all levels of your business.

Choose from a range of options to suit individual requirements, or design your own tailored programme with our learning experts.

Tried-and-trusted partner

 The OU works with more than 2,900 organisations to provide learning and development.

 This includes more than 150 Local Authorities and 165 NHS Trusts and nations health boards.

  • 73 of the FTSE 100 have sponsored staff with the OU
  • More than 490 healthcare providers

The OU has more than 2,800 apprentices on higher and degree programmes, and in addition, more than 2,000 apprentices have completed their programmes. These apprentices work across 950 employers.

  • The average age of an OU apprentice is 36
  • More than seven in ten OU students are already in work

Procuring education via a Framework or Dynamic Purchasing System

The OU understands that in the public sector, many organisations may be required to procure services through a framework of approved/ appointed suppliers. We're are on a number of the most commonly used national Frameworks/Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), so that you can easily commission our services in line with your organisation’s procurement rules. Find out more about partnering with the OU through Frameworks.

Don’t stand still. If you’re ready to drive your business forward with new ideas, energy and expertise, find out what The Open University can offer your organisation. Contact us.

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