The Open University at 50

'50 Years' Photography Collection

See 10 new student portraits captured by renowned photographer Chris Floyd, plus new images released from the OU Archive.

Our unique story

We’ve had an incredible journey so far. Visit the OU’s Digital Archive to look back at highlights from the past fifty years.

Future of Learning

How will learning change in the next 50 years? Read our academics’ predictions for the future and imagine what’s next.

Commemorative merchandise

Take home a piece of history by shopping our range of special edition OU 50 branded merchandise, stationery and clothing.

OpenTALKS and 50th Events

Join us for a series of unique events and inaugural lectures to celebrate our love of learning. You’ll hear from our famous faces, students and world-class academics.

Your stories

What’s it like to be part of OU history? Get inspired by our student stories and share your own unique experiences.

50th Anniversary Activity Calendar

Nov 1-30

OU Roadshow Employer Events Across Scotland: ‘Upskilling Your Workforce: Preparing for the Future'

Across Scotland

The OU is running a roadshow of events for employers across Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). The roadshow takes place from 29 August to 5 November and will visit Dundee, Shetland, Orkney, Oban, Dumfries, Inverness, Irvine and Stirling.

Nov 1-30

Jennie Lee: From Lochgelly to The Lords - An Exhibition

Glasgow

An exhibition exploring the life of Jennie Lee, a founder of The Open University: In this exhibition archive materials from the OU Jennie Lee Archive Collection, Glasgow City Archives and ONFife (Fife Cultural Trust) have been brought together for the first time, to tell the fascinating story of Jennie Lee’s life.

Dec 2

Music for Dementia

Cardiff

The Open University in Wales is hosting an event following the BBC/OU co-production ‘Our Dementia Choir’ that aired earlier this year. The two-part series, hosted by Vicky McClure, followed a group of individuals who explored the true extent of music’s power in the fight against dementia. The Open University in Wales has partnered up with the Alzheimer’s Society to bring this inspirational documentary to life on your doorstep, with a hint of a festive feel. You will have an opportunity to listen to a range of speakers who will discuss how, and if, music can make a difference to the wellbeing and coping mechanisms for those living with dementia. We will also be joined by a local “Singing for the Brain” choir for a heart-warming sing along session of your favourite Christmas carols. Booking essential.

Dec 6-24

Jennie Lee: From Lochgelly to The Lords - An Exhibition

Glasgow

An exhibition exploring the life of Jennie Lee, a founder of The Open University: In this exhibition archive materials from the OU Jennie Lee Archive Collection, Glasgow City Archives and ONFife (Fife Cultural Trust) have been brought together for the first time, to tell the fascinating story of Jennie Lee’s life.

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