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How lower tax drew trade unionists to the Tories

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Apr 2015
Alan Shipman explains how a substantial number of manual and professional workers also switched to support Thatcher in the 1979 general election....

How much government funding do universities get?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
John Brennan explains the latest statistics on state funding for universities.

Will pension reform give older people the freedom they seek?

Will pension reform give older people the freedom they seek? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2015
As the Chancellor seeks to unlock more pension savings, are there risks alongside the benefits on offer?

7 times people have surprised themselves by accomplishing great things

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2015
Sometimes discovering what you're capable of can surprise you. Get inspiration from these seven talented people who were pleasantly surprised by...

Free course: Managing my investments

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Updated 06 Mar 2015
OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Managing my...

The government's new pension service has one fatal flaw

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Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Feb 2015
Can the government's new Pension Wise service really give people the pension freedoms?

Managing my money: Your questions answered

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Updated 09 Feb 2015
Martin Upton and Jonquil Lowe sit down to discuss some of the questions raised by learners studying Managing My Money.

Europe's lost art of money-making

Europe's lost art of money-making Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
European Central Bank just announced its first step into Quantitative Easing (QE), but can injecting money into the economy single-handedly save...

Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling

Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling Creative commons image Credit: Beacon under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jan 2015
While the first black Bond would be a triumph for diversity in films, it won't change immoral Western organisations, writes Peter Bloom. 

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 May 2015
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Understanding operations management

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 18 May 2015
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you...

Management: perspective and practice

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice,...

Human resources: recruitment and selection

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Introducing corporate finance

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

Introducing a framework for strategy

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 25 Sep 2014
If you’re currently engaged in strategic decision-making, or will be in the future, this unit will stimulate your imagination and inform your...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

Managing My Money alumni

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Managing My Money alumni
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Jun 2014
The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services

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Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This certificate course is designed to give professional recognition to employees working in public service delivery. Developed in partnership with...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Duration 700 hours Updated 25 May 2015
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...