Professor Wilson tutoring with The Open University

Sharing 50 years of education

Julie Walters with chalkboard saying long live the OU
Help communities study the subjects they love through the OU's archive

The open learning revolution is gathering pace. Around the world, communities are searching for tools to help them study the subjects they love in the way that suits them. Meanwhile, countries are seeking to set up their own open universities. One answer lies in an incredible resource waiting to be tapped.  

The Open University archive is vast, with over 500 hours of video alone. It contains nearly 50 years of rare video, audio, images and course material. This unique treasury of knowledge is just as relevant today as it was in the 1970s. Yet, due to lack of funds, virtually none of it is accessible.   With your support, we will digitise our archive and share it online with a world of learners. It will be free to access, for all. We’ll also include study tips, advice and inspirational stories from past students, to encourage hesitant new learners to follow their dreams. Millions want to join the movement in online learning – it’s our time to help. 

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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
Five members of the RAF
146
Lives
Join a movement of millions
Females studying at desk
126
Opportunities
Scholarships that defy expectations
Open University graduate celebrating her achievement with arms in the air
90
Opportunities
Rewriting the future, blink by blink
Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
85
Thinking
Sniffing out cancer
Cancer detection dog with white stripe on face looking into camera
96
Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
Looking at the OpenLearn website on a tablet
98
Minds
Sharing 50 years of education
Professor Wilson tutoring with The Open University
91
Thinking
A helping paw
Dog in training session
84
Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
Female student with study book
87
Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
Pupils in classroom in India
89
Thinking
Helping stroke survivors walk tall
Prototype haptic bracelet
94
Lives
Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
Smiling mother carrying baby in Africa
92
Opportunities
Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
Female science researcher with lab equipment at The Open University
93
Lives
Creating an education revolution
Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
86
Minds
Building a fairer justice system
Model of human brain
88
Thinking
Helping people with dementia stay independent
Retail worker advising older customer
97
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