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Leading a new learning revolution

Knowledge should be open to everyone, not locked away for the privileged few. So it’s not surprising that learning on demand, whenever and wherever you want, has never been more popular. It’s called the Open Education movement. And to be part of it, all you need is curiosity and internet access.

At The Open University, we champion free thinkers. We pioneered open learning, with free education on the BBC that anyone could tune into. Today, we offer 850 free online courses packed with films, discussions, quizzes and academic articles – it’s all on the OpenLearn website.  

Momentum is gathering and we need you right now. Join the movement that opens up learning. And help us reach more curious minds around the globe; many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Your support is vital. It will allow us to develop 150 new courses for 10 million new learners within just three years. Curious minds deserve every chance to thrive.

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Changing lives through education and more

Our research and education projects bring immeasurable benefits to so many lives, and we rely on the generosity of our donors for all of them. We’re already making a difference worldwide – but we have the potential to do even more. Each of our projects falls into one of four strands; opening up minds, opportunities, thinking and lives. 

Opportunities
Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans
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Lives
Join a movement of millions
Females studying at desk
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Opportunities
Scholarships that defy expectations
Open University graduate celebrating her achievement with arms in the air
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Thinking
Sniffing out cancer
Cancer detection dog with white stripe on face looking into camera
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Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
Looking at the OpenLearn website on a tablet
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Opportunities
Rewriting the future, blink by blink
Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
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Thinking
A helping paw
Dog in training session
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Thinking
Helping stroke survivors walk tall
Prototype haptic bracelet
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Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
Pupils in classroom in India
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Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
Female student with study book
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Minds
Sharing 50 years of education
Professor Wilson tutoring with The Open University
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Lives
Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
Smiling mother carrying baby in Africa
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Opportunities
Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
Female science researcher with lab equipment at The Open University
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Lives
Creating an education revolution
Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
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Minds
Building a fairer justice system
Model of human brain
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Thinking
Helping people with dementia stay independent
Retail worker advising older customer
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