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The Open University teams up with MoneySavingExpert

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert to produce a new free course that will give people the skills and knowledge to master their finances.

The course covers key aspects of personal finances such as how to be savvy when spending money, budgeting, getting ready for retirement, borrowing, saving and much more.

21st May 2020
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Eight things you may not know about OU student nurses

Did you know you can train to be a nurse with The Open University! Not many people do – so we’re trying to spread the word.

Here are some facts about OU student nurses.

11th May 2020
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Funding secured for 65 additional nursing undergraduate places

Health Minister Robin Swann MLA has confirmed that Executive funding is in place to secure an additional 65 nursing undergraduate places with The Open University in Northern Ireland this year, bringing the total to a new all-time high of 185.

‘New Decade, New Approach’ set out a key priority of providing a further 900 pre-registration nursing and midwifery training places over a 3-year period, commencing in 2020/21.  This priority was reiterated in the framework agreement that led to the end of the recent Agenda for Change industrial dispute.

7th May 2020
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Free online courses for furloughed workers across Northern Ireland

The Open University in Northern Ireland has worked in close partnership with the Department for the Economy to produce an initial suite of free online courses for furloughed workers and others who have lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the Economy Minister Diane Dodds MLA, the courses cover digital skills, employability and essential skills. The options include digital literacy, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, leadership, communication, mathematics and English.

28th April 2020
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The Open University’s free learning platform receives record number of visitors

As people across Northern Ireland come to grips with staying at home and social distancing, many are turning to learning new things online to occupy some of their time.

OpenLearn, The Open University’s home of free learning, is experiencing record numbers of visitors to the site.  Usually recording an average of 40,000 visits per day, during the first week of schools and businesses being closed over 160,000 people each day were taking advantage of the free content and courses on offer.  In Northern Ireland alone the site saw four times more traffic than normal.

15th April 2020
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Carers Scholarship Fund open for applications

Supporting those that support others

26th March 2020
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Local Employability Events

The Open University (the OU) has been working on strengthening the employability of local students in Northern Ireland with the help of major local employers.

24th March 2020
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Leading the way in Belfast

The Open University’s Business Development Unit were proud to sponsor the Institute of Directors (IoD), Women in Leadership 2020 conference in Belfast on the 6 March, alongside headline sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills, an international professional services business, and a number of other associate sponsors including Barclays, KPMG and Translink.

24th March 2020
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The Open University's contribution to the NI Science Festival

The Open University has continued its work with the hugely successful Northern Ireland Science Festival.  The festival is a great opportunity to showcase the world-class research taking place within the University by hosting five events spanning the breadth of STEM. The festival now hosts 200 events across 90 venues in Northern Ireland. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. It is now one of the biggest science festivals in Europe.

24th March 2020
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Open University Connected NI Programme Showcase

The Open University (the OU) showcased the institution’s research and knowledge exchange activity as an opportunity for partnerships across Northern Ireland at an event in the Belfast office recently.

As part of the Connected NI programme, the OU has received funding from the Department for Economy to encourage, ease and increase potential knowledge exchange links between academia and industry – particularly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

24th March 2020

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