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This is a University of excellence because there is a huge concern on producing high-quality materials and in supporting student learning throughout the process.

Andreia Imamorato Dos Santos, PhD student

The Open University is a quality choice on several levels.

Naturally, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching: our scholarship and students come first.

An Open University degree is equal in academic standard to a degree from any other British university. The University is subject to the same quality assurance procedures as all other British universities, and uses external assessors and examiners to ensure quality standards. We’re consistently rated ‘excellent’ in teaching assessments.

Read what students have to say about the quality of our teaching.

The quality of the student experience and of the award that they'll get at the end of it is second to none.

Kate Clark, Director, Validation Services, The Open University

Research is another area for which The Open University is renowned. Everything we do is grounded in the research for which we’re internationally famous. Open University research changes the world.

Researchers work with us because we’re known as innovative and inclusive, and we have the technology and global influence to change people’s lives across the world.

We provide excellent training and development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their career so that they excel in their professional areas. In doing so, we’ve been conferred a number of internationally recognised awards.

In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’

As an Open University student, you’ll be taught through a range of printed study materials and online resources. Our students often remark on the quality of these materials:


The materials and support are excellent. I had a positive experience from the first receipt of materials to the graduation ceremony.

Mandy Holman, BA (Hons) Leadership and Management

My wife Lara had done an open chemistry and computing degree with The Open University, and the level and quality of the books and the assessments she was getting were better than what I was doing at a bricks and mortar college.

Scott Graham, PG Diploma in Software Development & Masters in Software Development

Rather than just getting materials to work on you had a high level of interaction as well as incredibly high-quality teaching materials. The OU works to a very high standard.

Mark Mallalieu, BA Open degree, plus two modules of the OU MBA

Did you know that three quarters of traditional universities in the UK use our learning material?

Read more about our learning materials.

With The Open University, a quality experience is assured.