The Open University (OU) is a public distance learning and research university, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.
With more than 250,000 students enrolled, it is the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom (and one of the largest in Europe) by student number, and qualifies as one of the world's largest universities
I initiated today my PhD research at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University.
The OU uses a variety of methods for teaching, including written and audio materials, the Internet, disc-based software and television programmes on DVD. Course-based television broadcasts by the BBC, which started on 3 January 1971, ceased on 15 December 2006. Materials comprise originally authored work by in-house and external academic contributors, and from third-party materials licensed for use by OU students.
There are lots of activities to get involved with, outside of hours and during lunch breaks. It is possible always to find someone to socialise with too.
The OU has many innovative projects and research taking place.
For most modules, students are supported by tutors ("Associate Lecturers") who provide feedback on their work and are generally available to them at face-to-face tutorials, by telephone, and/or on the Internet. A number of short courses worth ten credits are now available that do not have an assigned tutor but offer an online conferencing service (Internet Forum) where help and advice is offered through conferencing "Moderators".
Great relationships with colleagues who are very supportive, willing to help, approachable and friendly...
Beautiful campus and surrounding greener!