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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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New photographs celebrate 50 years of The Open University's groundbreaking teaching in Northern Ireland

The Open University is marking its 50th year anniversary this month by telling its remarkable story through the power of photographs, in a collection released today. Former and current OU students, including a Northern Irish builder who became a nurse after a life-changing accident, a prisoner turned academic, and a woman research pioneer in moon exploration, all feature in the new collection by world-famous British photographer Chris Floyd.

17th April 2019
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President of Ireland addresses Open University graduates of 2019

The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins made a special address to graduates at The Open University in Ireland degree ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin today (Friday 5 April).

9th April 2019
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Sharon Corr receives honorary doctorate from The Open University

Singer, songwriter and violinist, Grammy nominee and Brit Award winner, Sharon Corr has received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University, for her exceptional contribution to education and culture at a ceremony in London today (22 March 2019).

22nd March 2019
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The Open University begins 50th anniversary celebrations in Northern Ireland

Today (10 January 2019), Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey, marked 50 years of The Open University.

9th January 2019

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