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The Open University in Northern Ireland sees a surge in new applicants

The Open University has seen a rise in its student numbers in Northern Ireland over the past year with more people choosing to study online with the OU as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

13th May 2021
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Student Story: The “Wee Student Nurse”

Leona is studying an Adult Nursing degree with The Open University.  A mum of 3 boys, she has her hands full juggling the demands of working as a Child Health Assistant in the Public Health Nursing Team in the Northern Trust, studying for her degree and looking after her family. 

12th May 2021
A picture of David in his nursing uniform.

Meet David

We recently caught up with OU nursing Alumni, David Ferran, now a Deputy Charge Nurse in the Royal Victoria Hospital and a Practice Tutor for the OU, to talk about all things nursing, from why he went into the profession to his experience of studying with the OU and life as a nurse during the pandemic. 


12th May 2021

OU research and public engagement recognised in first KEF

The Open University’s (OU) ability to license its intellectual property, form research partnerships and engage with the public, performed well in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).

31st March 2021

Explore what’s possible when you learn with The Open University

Whatever you want to achieve, The Open University in Northern Ireland are here to help you make it happen, with the freedom to learn around your life. We’ve pioneered distance learning for over 50 years. There are hundreds of courses to choose from to match your interests, from Business and Psychology to Science and Social Care. Open up a world of opportunity with us. 

25th March 2021

Student Story: Emma's furlough experience

The worst thing has been Lockdown, I was a busy venue technician and I was used to being busy with events and creating content, and when my industry got severally hit, I almost lost my job. I got my hours reduced so severally that my mental health took a real hit; I was worried about my future.

25th February 2021

What is a microcredential?

The Open University, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, are offering a limited number of fully-funded places across nine different microcredentials for people whose employment has been affected by the current pandemic.

But what is a microcredential and how could one benefit you?

11th February 2021

Productive down-time for professional footballer Bobby Burns

Bobby Burns may only be 21 but he has his mind firmly set on the future.  Currently on downtime with a double leg break sustained back in October, the professional footballer is planning for his future.  Now halfway through an Open University degree, he flexibly balances his studies and his football career, now currently on loan to Glentoran from Barrow AFC.

19th January 2021
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The benefits of a short course

The Open University, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, is currently offering fully funded places across eight different short courses for those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19. You can find out more here:

But what is the benefit of completing a short course over a full degree or diploma?

14th January 2021

Employee Insights: Core Systems LTD

The Open University works closely with a range of exciting businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland to develop opportunities for our students and provide employers with the skills they need to do business productively and efficiently.  We sat down with a few of them to give you an insight from their perspective and give them an opportunity to speak about what they are looking for in students, graduates and employees.

The first in the series is Core Systems Ltd. and their CEO, Patricia O’Hagan MBE.

9th December 2020

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