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The Open University Celebrates 20 Years as Leader in Student Satisfaction in Northern Ireland

The Open University (OU) has once again solidified its position as a leader in higher education, marking its 20th consecutive year as the top institution for overall student satisfaction in Northern Ireland. 

10th July 2024
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From Scrum to Scrumptious: Former Connacht Rugby Star Graduates Law School and Rises as Instagram Baking Sensation

Friday 31 May 2024, marked a significant milestone for former Connacht Rugby player, Jonny Murphy, as he proudly graduated with a law degree from The Open University. His journey to this academic achievement is one of resilience and reinvention, shaped by an unexpected concussion that abruptly ended his promising rugby career and paused his studies.

5th July 2024
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From Pipe Dream to Reality

Stacey Kearney, 34, from Northern Ireland, has always dreamed of a career in law. Today, that dream is closer than ever to becoming a reality, thanks to her determination and the flexibility of The Open University (OU). 

24th June 2024
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The Open University recognised as a University of Sanctuary

The Open University (OU) has been awarded the status of University of Sanctuary, making it the first university in Northern Ireland to receive this accreditation. 

20th June 2024
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Northern Ireland Businesses Struggle with AI Adoption Amidst Persistent Skills Shortages

New data from this year’s Business Barometer report published by The Open University in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, has found that nearly a half (44%) of organisations in Northern Ireland are still reporting worrying skills shortages.  

19th June 2024
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From early retirement to lifelong learning

The opportunity to study came at just the right time for Paul. Upon a well-earned early retirement, he found that he finally had time to dedicate to the things that mattered most to him – his grandchildren, football and a long-standing love for history. 

18th June 2024
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Navigating Life's Storms: Seaman Earns Psychology Degree While Caring for Mother with Dementia

Seaman, William Graham, has shown dedication and resilience to successfully complete a psychology and counselling degree while balancing the demands of his career at sea and caring for his mother with Dementia and Lewy Bodies.  

30th May 2024
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Social Work Graduates in Northern Ireland from The Open University Celebrate Milestone Achievement

In a boost for social care skills development in Northern Ireland, The Open University celebrated the graduation of the first group of students to complete the BA (Honours) Social Work since its approval by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (the Social Care Council).

30th May 2024
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Award winning journalist and author honoured by The Open University

The Open University is proud to announce that esteemed journalist and author Brian Rowan has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University at its Belfast Degree Ceremony on Friday, 31st May 2024.

30th May 2024
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Open College Network Strengthens Collaboration with The Open University

Open College Network NI and The Open University in Ireland sign MoU  

29th April 2024

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