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Reflections at the halfway point of The Open University's 50th anniversary

John D'Arcy, National Director of The Open University in Ireland.

As we enter the latter half of 2019 we also enter the latter half of The Open University’s 50th anniversary year. When the OU was established in 1969 it was with a clear purpose: to open up education to all – it was, and remains, a radical idea that still makes us different today. Throughout our anniversary year, The Open University has aimed to inspire pride, unity and involvement by celebrating our students who sit at the core of everything that we do.

19th July 2019

Open University announced as NASA partner on mission to the Moon

Scientists from The Open University (OU) are supporting one of a series of ground-breaking missions by NASA to go back to the Moon.

The announcement comes as the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings, when astronauts from Apollo 11 walked on the Moon on July 20th 1969.

15th July 2019
The Open University and Allstate partnership

The Open University partners with Allstate to provide free learning and skills training

The Open University is partnering with the leading, international, software engineering firm, Allstate. The development of an innovative and tailored website will  help to develop skills specific to the learning needs of Allstate staff across its Northern Ireland and American operations. The content of the website, which spans a wide range of course areas including digital, leadership and management, and career development,  is suitable for graduates right through to senior executives.

15th July 2019

The Open University rated top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction

The Open University (OU) has again been rated the top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS). This makes it the fifteenth year in a row that the OU has topped the university student satisfaction table in Northern Ireland.

3rd July 2019

Launch of ‘Time to Think’ collection in Belfast

The Open University has launched a new collection called ‘Time to Think: Open University journeys in British and Irish prisons during the years of conflict, 1972-2000’. 

5th June 2019

The Open University at 50: Standing with Pride

In its fiftieth year, The Open University’s support of Pride events taking place across the UK and Ireland has even more resonance.

June also marks fifty years since the Stonewall riots in 1969, one of the most important historic events leading to the gay liberation movement and to the first Pride marches a year later.

3rd June 2019

Full sensory virtual reality and brain to brain learning – The future of learning revealed

Brain-to-brain learning could be a reality by 2070.  This is according to the Future of Learning 2070: Imagine What’s Next report, which unveils predictions on what learning will be like in 2070 based on interviews with leading experts across the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

30th May 2019

The Open University is awarded the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in its 50th anniversary year

On Wednesday 15 May, the outgoing Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, presented John D’Arcy with the Lord Mayor’s certificate, recognising The Open University’s contribution to education and learning in the city of Belfast.


24th May 2019

Computing and IT Student Insight Event

Thursday 23 May we welcomed Computing and IT students to share their experience undertaking a placement while completing their OU studies.  We were also joined by Tim Reid, VP of Software Engineering at SpotX and Sean Gallagher, Careers Consultant for Ireland.  

23rd May 2019

The Open University and Libraries NI formalise partnership

The Open University and Libraries NI have announced a new partnership to connect people with information, ideas and experiences to foster lifelong learning.

22nd May 2019

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