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Partnerships

The Open University works with various organisations in many ways, sharing our expertise.

Often, we work with  employers to develop their talent. To give just a few examples:

  • We’re the UK’s largest provider of law graduates.
  • More than 1,200 serving members of the British armed forces and the Merchant Navy are studying with us across the world.
  • We’re the UK’s largest provider of health and social care education; this includes training nurses for the NHS.
  • We share our study materials with two-thirds of the UK’s 100 biggest universities.

Our longest and probably best-known partner is the BBC. For half a century, The Open University has produced programmes with the broadcaster. The BBC televised our earliest programmes, and our partnership with the broadcaster continues to this day: we co-produce up to 25 TV and radio series a year together.

The Open University has a 41-year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to programmes such as Britain’s Great War, Thinking Allowed and Frozen Planet.

Over the years the emphasis has shifted away from broadcasting programmes related to single Open University courses - which are now supplied more effectively online and directly via our study materials - towards programmes that will inspire viewers to watch educational content and participate in lifelong learning.

In addition, OpenLearn - the online home of free learning from The Open University - includes a wide range of activities and information linked to our BBC productions, as well as those co-produced with other broadcasters.

In 2013/14 there were 220 million views of Open University programmes via the BBC.

View a selection of our forthcoming broadcasts and free offerings at OpenLearn.

Learn more about The Open University's partnerships

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