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Jerry Tomlinson Post 1

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

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"The OU has more disabled students than any other university in Europe."

Very pertinent factoid.

And I bet a lot of disabled and abled people are applying now!§ion=3

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Kate Sim Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

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 5 (summarised) in reply to 2

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 7 (summarised) in reply to 2

18 Nov 2020, 18:29
If anything, I guess there will be additional enrolments, in my opinion....
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Michael Liedl Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 1

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 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

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 8 (summarised) in reply to 4

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 9 (summarised) in reply to 8

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 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

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 10 (unread) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 11:57
As a disabled person, the figures didn't really surprise me as it is an obvious choice. However, I did my BA and PGCE at a brick university and my Master's with the OU. I found the level of support and accessibility was leaps and bounds ahead with the Open University. Nothing is too much trouble, and I would imagine due to the inclusive, supportive nature of study, retention would be at a much higher level. It would be interesting to see those figures. 
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John Dunning Post 11 (unread) in reply to 1

7 Jul 2021, 10:51

That and young people. I noticed a lot of younger people on the course I just finished.


Nigel Gibson Post 12 (unread) in reply to 11

7 Jul 2021, 11:25

SearchingI think you might need to contextualise that John - I'm of an age where everyone is younger! How young were the younger students on the course you've just finished? What was the course? Did you enjoy it?


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Muzna Sadia Post 13 (unread) in reply to 1

9 Jul 2021, 12:24

Yes exactly. Specially during the lock down and pandemic... It was really a 'handy' self and professional development, and study further opportunity ....consider taking.

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Eddie Jefferson Post 14 (unread) in reply to 1

11 Jul 2021, 14:32

The pandemic has highlighted institutions who specialise in remote, off-site study.  The OU has has naturally perfected this type of blended and flipped learning style, where the quality study materials are combined with regular tutorials and being assigned a dedicated tutor to assist during studies.  This method of learning is here to stay and I feel if a nationwide survey was carried out there would be an overwhelming support for the method.

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Jenny Bakkali Post 15 (unread) in reply to 14

12 Jul 2021, 15:23

Hi Eddie,

Welcome to the forum, hope you find it and the course useful.

Please can you post on the 'intro to the forum' thread too.



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Stephen Butler Post 16 (unread) in reply to 1

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.