1.2 What is the OU?
The OU is the UK’s largest academic institution. Its royal charter was granted on 23 April 1969 and the OU celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019.
For the past fifty years, we’ve empowered over two million students across 157 countries to transform their lives through learning.
The OU main campus is in Milton Keynes and around 1200 full-time academics are based there.
Watch this video in which Ann guides you through an overview of the structure, history and achievements of The Open University.
At the heart of the OU’s teaching are its faculties, schools and institutes, producing high-quality courses underpinned by research of international excellence.
Schools belong to faculties.
The STEM schools are:
- School of Computing and Communications
- School of Mathematics and Statistics
- School of Engineering and Innovation
- School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
- School of Physical Sciences
- School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences.
There are several institutes.
IET was established in 1970 to understand how we can help people learn and is a leading European research institute in the field of innovative education. It is part of the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS).
Established in 2004, CREET is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary centre of excellence for educational research. It is part of the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS).