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