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Nigel Gibson
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Post 1

18 May 2020, 11:08 Edited by the author on 18 May 2020, 19:58

Section 1, Activity 1.4

Walton HallThis thread is for section 1, activity 1.4

You have now learned more about the OU, its students and its ethos. Did anything surprise you? Has it changed your view about The Open University at all?

These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:

"I was surprised by how many people with disabilities study with the OU"

"I was surprised by how many young people under 25 study with the OU.  I used to think that OU students were retired people and older people who had missed an opportunity to go to university earlier in life"

"I was surprised at the OU being described as a social movement as much as a university.  It has made me want to work with the OU more than ever"

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Selina Griffin Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 May 2020, 16:13
I was also surprised that such a large number of people under 25 study with...
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Cath Brown Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

1 Jun 2020, 19:51
It hasn’t really surprised me (I’m current Students Association President and...
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Paul Collier Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

2 Jun 2020, 11:24
No surprises for me.  Like Cath this served as a useful reminder of all the...
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Heather Yorston Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 18:38
I think it is fantastic that so many people with disabilities can study with...
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Kate Sim Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 5

4 Jun 2020, 20:13
I wonder if it is different in Scotland where the students do not pay their...
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Lucy Gillett Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 22:00 Edited by the author on 4 Jun 2020, 22:01
I am quite fortunate to be a moderator on the Discord group for OU STEM so I...
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Lucy Bailey Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 1

6 Jun 2020, 12:37
The ethos of the OU as a community was particularly touching for me to read....
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Tamara Lopez Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Jun 2020, 20:57
As a research student at the OU, I was already aware (and the beneficiary of)...
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Pauline Hewgill Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 11:51
I was aware of the OU focus on educational opportunity but the social justice...
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Ben Pike Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 11:59
There was nothing particularly surprising as I have seen first hand the good...
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Kate Sim Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 11

9 Jun 2020, 12:41
Hi Ben.  It sounds as though you have had direct experience of the OU.  Could...
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Jacqueline Jones Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 12:05
I wasn't surprised at the percentage of under 25's studying at the OU as when...
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Jerry Tomlinson Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 1

10 Jun 2020, 10:59 Edited by the author on 10 Jun 2020, 10:59

Section 1 Activity 1

 "The OU has more disabled students than any other...
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Kate Sim Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 14

15 Jun 2020, 15:00
It is going to be interesting to see the effect if any, of the pandemic on...
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Kussar Khan Post 37 (summarised) in reply to 17

25 Oct 2020, 13:14
I was thinking the same, especially as the OU is already well established as...
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Gopi Garge Post 39 (summarised) in reply to 17

18 Nov 2020, 18:29
If anything, I guess there will be additional enrolments, in my opinion....
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Michael Liedl Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 14

19 Jun 2020, 16:23
After 25 years with OU, I have always had strong favourable views; but seeing...
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Martin Hillson Post 34 (summarised) in reply to 14

3 Aug 2020, 11:55 Edited by the author on 3 Aug 2020, 11:56
I think it goes beyond simple numbers. My sister is quite severely physically...
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Laura Rushworth Post 42 (summarised) in reply to 34

19 Feb 2021, 15:16
I found the OU very supportive for my specific learning difficulty. I think...
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Kate Sim Post 43 (summarised) in reply to 42

19 Feb 2021, 15:50
Hi Laura, Welcome to the course and I'm glad your experience of the OU is a...
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Dhouha Kbaier Post 38 (summarised) in reply to 14

17 Nov 2020, 14:43
There are still 25% of the students not working and focusing on their studies...
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Charlotte Jukes Post 56 (summarised) in reply to 14

5 Jul 2021, 11:57
As a disabled person, the figures didn't really surprise me as it is an...
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John Dunning Post 57 (summarised) in reply to 14

7 Jul 2021, 10:51
That and young people. I noticed a lot of younger people on the course I just...
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Nigel Gibson Post 58 (summarised) in reply to 57

7 Jul 2021, 11:25
[Image] I think you might need to contextualise that John - I'm of an age...
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Muzna Sadia Post 61 (summarised) in reply to 14

9 Jul 2021, 12:24
Yes exactly. Specially during the lock down and pandemic... It was really a...
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Eddie Jefferson Post 63 (summarised) in reply to 14

11 Jul 2021, 14:32
The pandemic has highlighted institutions who specialise in remote, off-site...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 64 (summarised) in reply to 63

12 Jul 2021, 15:23
Hi Eddie, Welcome to the forum, hope you find it and the course useful....
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Stephen Butler Post 65 in reply to 14

14 Jul 2021, 12:01

I was interested that ~75% of registered students were working either part-time or full-time. I think that's quite a amazing statistic. Especially since it seems that continual education to keep pace with changing society and technology are increasingly inevitable.

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Ann Holmes Post 66 (unread) in reply to 65

5 Aug 2021, 07:51

The word that resonated with me was 'responsive' - and I think that really captures my own approach to my work as an AL. Each student is unique with a unique set of needs and interests, and I like the challenge that responding to individual difficulties presents.

Ann

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Marcus Young Post 15 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jun 2020, 13:10
I think the student profile was probably similar to what I was expecting. I'm...
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Cath Brown Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 15

13 Jun 2020, 19:44
However, in the past you refer to, student loans weren’t available for OU...
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Colin Jenkins Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 12:53
I am not surprised so much as encouraged by the statistics given and the...
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Kate Sim Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 18

17 Jun 2020, 15:00
Hi Colin, lovely to see another current student here.  Can I persuade you to...
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Quentin McPhee Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

16 Jun 2020, 14:29
I was also a little surprised by the proportion of people under the age of 25...
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Sarah Green Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Jun 2020, 10:32
Personally it did not come as a surprise. I have found the OU to be inclusive...
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Gaby Lama Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 1

19 Jun 2020, 00:13
It's quite amazing to hear that. Seeing the flexibility provided, I wouldn't...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 22

19 Jun 2020, 00:37
Hi Gaby, Welcome to the course and the forum, hope you find it useful. Could...
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Michael Liedl Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Jun 2020, 17:28
The high number of under 25, took me quite by suprise. But if I think about...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 09:58
I was not surprised that such a large number of students with disability...
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Kate Sim Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 26

24 Jun 2020, 12:14
Hello Anna,  Lovely to see all of your posts this morning.  Could you pop in...
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Gail Ollis Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2020, 14:35

A levels

 I was surprised to see how many students DO have an A level...
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Ian Cochrane Post 29 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 20:28
I fully support the ethos of the organisation and love the idea of the OU as...
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Emma Byrne Post 30 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Jul 2020, 05:49
As a former AL (M266, the now defunct Natural and Artificial Intelligence)...
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Kate Sim Post 31 (summarised) in reply to 30

20 Jul 2020, 08:36
Welcome back.  Can you introduce yourself properly over here:  https://www....
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Geraldine Lennon Post 32 (summarised) in reply to 1

21 Jul 2020, 11:39
Like other people on the forum, I was surprised by the number of students...
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Alison Jenner Post 33 (summarised) in reply to 1

21 Jul 2020, 22:29
I was another one surprised that the number of under-25s was that high....
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Petra Wolf Post 35 (summarised) in reply to 1

17 Sep 2020, 16:22
I love the statement "We need to learn as much as we need to breathe, eat,...
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Silvia Varagnolo Post 36 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Oct 2020, 17:45
Being a new member of the OU staff I discovered all of this in the induction...
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Liz Geraghty Post 40 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Dec 2020, 21:15
I was really surprised that such a high proportion of students are under 25...
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John Marshall Post 41 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jan 2021, 22:20
I have been an OU student for a long time now and the demographics of the OU...
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Amanda Cambridge Post 44 (summarised) in reply to 1

20 Mar 2021, 11:10
I am thrilled to find the OU highlighting life-long learning and the human...
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Tony Sheppard Post 45 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 May 2021, 14:50
Having been an OU student, little about the OU surprises me ;-)
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Maria Filippopoulou Post 46 (summarised) in reply to 1

25 May 2021, 11:23
I was also surprised on the percentage of OU undergraduates under 25.
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Jenny Bakkali Post 47 (summarised) in reply to 46

25 May 2021, 12:15
Hi Maria, Welcome to the forum, hope you find it useful. It would be lovely...
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Irum Rauf Post 48 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2021, 09:06
I was surprised to know that 23% of students come from deprived area and 34%...
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Amanda Williams Post 49 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 10:31
I was surprised by the number of students that only have one A Level.  I have...
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Nigel Gibson Post 50 (summarised) in reply to 49

11 Jun 2021, 14:36
I was surprised by the number of students that only have one A Level. ...
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Amanda Williams Post 51 (summarised) in reply to 50

11 Jun 2021, 19:05
It's great that people can study without A levels.  There are many reasons...
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Fiona Baxter Post 52 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2021, 10:53
I was surprised by the huge number of students with disability, I don't know...
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Julie Wales Post 53 (summarised) in reply to 1

21 Jun 2021, 10:38
Hi, no surprises as I remember how diverse the students were when I attended...
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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 54 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2021, 11:33
I was surprised by how wide reaching the OU is, I mean the number of...
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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 55 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2021, 16:24
It has surprised me that the OU has the highest number of disabled pupils in...
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Chi Onyekaba Post 59 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2021, 03:03
Fascinating how the OU provides opportunities to a wide range of students,...
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Muzna Sadia Post 60 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2021, 12:19

I was Surprised

 I was amazed to learn how many people are studying and taking...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 62 (summarised) in reply to 60

9 Jul 2021, 23:06
Hi Muzna, Welcome to the forum, hope you find it useful. It would be good if...
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Bob Moore Post 67 (unread) in reply to 1

2 Sep 2021, 13:27 Edited by the author on 2 Sep 2021, 13:28

To be honest, I'm not really suprised either about the statistics, nor about the OU ethos, but then I spent thirteen years studying with the OU for a degree, so I guess a lot of it sunk it.

What perhaps is missing from the questions is prehaps some statistics on older people. I started studying with the OU when I was in my late forties, and graduated in my sixties, as did my wife. It would be interesting to know how many other older people use the OU to get back into learning later in life

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