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Our Mission

Access to free education for everyone

The OU is one of only three UK higher education institutions to gain accreditation in the US, recognised by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. We’ve been a member since 2005, and our accreditation was re-affirmed in November 2015.

high-quality education

In 2018, the World University Rankings declared The OU to be in the top 15% of UK Universities for overall student satisfaction. The same year, we won awards for digital innovation and teaching excellence at the Guardian University Awards. These awards recognise our ability to allow students to complete practical work online by providing remote access to laboratories and observatories. In terms of digital innovation, our accessible interactive media player (AIM) delivers audio-visual content alongside additional features that make it more accessible to disabled people – 24,709 students with disabilities studied with us in 2017/18.

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