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Report reveals flexible learning is key to public sector job satisfaction

The Open University’s new report into public sector skills, Embracing Flexibility: How can Learning & Development service new hybrid working and learning models in the public sector? highlights a desire for more flexibility and learning and development opportunities

One of the largest recent UK wide public sector employee surveys, published in partnership with Public Sector Executive, revealed 8 in 10 public sector employees in Northern Ireland cite learning and development as key to job satisfaction.

11th April 2022
Megan Fearon, Policy Manager, and John D'Arcy, Director of the OU in Ireland, holding a sign reading 'The Future is Flexible'

Calls for the introduction of a Lifelong Learning Bill and increased support for part-time students in new manifesto by The Open University in Northern Ireland

On the 22 March 2022, The Open University launched its vision for the Northern Ireland Assembly. The manifesto, entitled ‘The Future is Flexible’ calls for the embedding of a culture of lifelong learning in society with part-time, flexible higher education at its heart.

21st March 2022

Over 100 Health Trust Staff celebrate becoming nurses at OU degree ceremony

It has been a difficult few years for those working in our Health Care Trusts across Northern Ireland but Friday 11th March 2022 will be a day of celebration for over 100 of those staff as they cross the stage as registered nurses at The Open University’s Degree Ceremony in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. 

These nurses have succeeded in the face of an incredible period of hardship.

15th March 2022

Voluntary Methodist Church Archivist receives Honorary Degree

Reverend Robin Roddie, historian, researcher, and archivist has been awarded the Honorary degree of Master of the University by The Open University in Belfast on Friday 11 March 2022.

For nearly twenty-five years, Reverend Roddie has served as the Archivist for the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, and he has been honoured for this pursuit. Committed to recording, analysing, and promoting accounts of Methodist life in Ireland, the Reverend has made an invaluable contribution to religious and secular histories across this island of Ireland and beyond.

15th March 2022
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The Open University's free learning site turns 15 and reaches 100M visitors

The Open University’s (OU) free learning site, OpenLearn is celebrating a milestone after clocking up 100 million visitors in the 15 years since it was launched.

Established as a trailblazing open educational resource, OpenLearn has successfully broken-down barriers to education, with over a thousand courses and 15,000 hours of educational interactives, videos and articles.

In the last two years, over 200,000 visits came from Northern Ireland, bolstered by a surge in traffic during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

11th January 2022
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Belfast-based IT company demonstrates proactive approach to skills challenges

The UK skills shortage is being felt across every sector, region and nation of the UK. In Northern Ireland, 69 per cent of employers report a skills shortage in their organisation, with nearly half (46%) saying their biggest challenge over the next five years will be their ability to find staff with the right skills.

4th November 2021

The Open University champions COP26 with ‘Green Zone’ event exploring culture, citizens and climate

The Open University is hosting a unique event at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) as one of several initiatives to mark its commitment to responding to the climate crisis.  

1st November 2021

The Lord Mayor of Belfast visits The Open University

The Open University (the OU) has welcomed a visit from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Kate Nicholl, locally to their Belfast Office.

Speaking on the visit, John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Kate Nicholl to meet with our committed staff and students. Kate has been a wonderful ambassador for Belfast since taking up the post."

19th October 2021

Student Story: Peter Smith

Peter is a Technical Leader in Mass Spectrometry with Almac Sciences based in Craigavon. 

He chose to study with the OU due to the flexibility on offer as you study.    

13th October 2021
A stack of the Business Barometer reports in hardcopy

Skills gap challenge for businesses in Northern Ireland

The Open University’s annual Business Barometer 2021 report reveals nearly three quarters (69%) of Northern Ireland businesses believe there is a skills shortage in their organisation. That’s the highest % of any region of the UK (67% in England, 60% in Wales, 63% in Scotland).

7th October 2021

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