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Partnerships

Whether you're a business, a charity or a not-for-profit organisation, we would love to create a bespoke partnership supporting the work of the OU. Get in touch with us today.
 

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Corporate Partnerships

We work closely with corporate donors across many sectors and fields, creating mutually beneficial partnerships to tackle some of the world’s most pressing economic and social problems. Combining companies’ experience and specialisms with The Open University’s scale and expertise, allows us to achieve solutions and innovations that neither could accomplish alone.

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Non-Profit Organisations

We work closely with a wide range of non-profit organisations, to achieve the shared goal of opening up the future for millions of individuals worldwide. From international foundations working in specific areas to smaller charitable trusts providing wide-ranging help to students, we value the support of every one of these important institutions.

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Partnership Success Stories

Our partnerships have led to the development and implementation of some of our most innovative and effective projects.

Programmes and Projects
 

Disabled Veterans Scholarships Fund

Our ambition is to harness the potential of the UK’s veterans by supporting the educational development of the 1 in 5 veterans discharged due to disabilities. Disability amongst veterans is unsurprisingly higher than amongst the non-veteran population. It is estimated that 24% of veterans will suffer an illness or disability that limits their physical activity, compared to just 13% of the non-veteran population. Unlike colleagues who make plans for retirement, their unexpected discharge from service life is also likely to mean that these individuals are less prepared for a new life outside of the military.

Making studying while caring a reality

Around 6.5 million people in the UK currently care for a friend or family member, saving the economy £132 billion per year. Many miss out on education, take lower skilled jobs and put their own lives on hold to care for their loved ones. As a result they can endure higher levels of poverty, ill health and isolation than their peers.

Our Solution – The Carers Scholarships Fund

The Open University has designed a pilot project to deliver education and support into the homes of carers across the UK. By specifically building this scheme for carers we will highlight how they can achieve their educational goals through flexible, supported learning at The Open University. The aim is to give carers the confidence to undertake a course of study despite the many responsibilities that their role entails. The scheme is offering a scholarship to 50 carers who will be able to access a free undergraduate or postgraduate education. This provision is vital as carers are often required to apply for financial assistance for everyday life, so applying for student loans may become a barrier to studying.

How your support can make a difference

By supporting The Carers Scholarships Fund you will give the opportunity of education to those whose lives revolve around the people they care for. They give so much to their loved ones and society as a whole, they deserve to get something back.

Helping Stroke Survivors Walk Tall

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, and hundreds of thousands more living with neurological conditions and brain injury following illness or trauma. For these individuals their medical condition can make walking incredibly difficult, leaving them in need of care or therapy and with reduced independence.

Our Solution – The Gait Rehabilitation Project

To help, The Open University has developed vibrating, leg-worn devices that utilise our instinctive sense of rhythm to enable users to walk with confidence. They improve the speed, balance and symmetry of gait; keeping users mobile and reducing uneven wear on one side of the body. As well as the practical benefits, this increased mobility also reduces the likelihood of further medical problems such as loss of bone density. Early trials show that the prototype versions of the device work well and give quick results. Our ambition now is to develop a version of the device that can be used without specialist assistance by anyone who struggles to walk as a result of a neurological condition.

How your support can make a difference

Your support can help us to conduct further trials and design a device that is robust enough for anyone to use as they go about their daily lives. Ultimately we hope to reduce the costs of care and therapy and enable people to regain the ability to walk unaided or stay mobile for longer.

Conserving a rare and unique natural habitat: The Floodplain Meadows Partnership

For hundreds of years, floodplain meadows have been an integral part of Britain’s natural landscape. At one time they were a cherished resource, managed and shared by the community, today they are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and provide beautiful places to walk and explore nature. Sadly, during the 20th century Britain lost 97% of its flower-rich meadows and now the total land area of floodplain meadow remaining is the size of London’s smallest Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Our Solution – The Floodplain Meadows Partnership

In 2006, the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, led by academics from The Open University, began a ground-breaking project to conserve floodplain meadows. In the intervening years they have made a great deal of progress and the Partnership is recognised as a leading conservation project. They have visited sites, advised landowners and site managers, and shared their expertise to ensure that meadows are maintained, restored and preserved from damage.

These habitats are valued for their ability to store and cleanse flood waters, store carbon and trap nutrients and sediments. Without the correct management they cannot deliver their benefits to society and their complex, fragile ecological systems are under threat. More work is needed to stop these precious habitats from being lost.

How your support can make a difference

With your support the Floodplain Meadows Partnership can continue their work and ensure that these unique habitats are retained and managed to make the most of their potential. The specific expertise that the team possess is critical to preserving the meadows and the hundreds of species that live and flourish within them.

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