The Open University was established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969. We are the leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in 157 countries worldwide.
Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, combining their learning while earning, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.
Innovation and engagement
The OU’s research community conducts world-class research and innovation which has impact in the real world and deep into space.
We have extensive expertise in research and external engagement and a proven track record of benefiting organisations large and small. There are many different ways in which you can access our knowledge base and work collaboratively with us to help fulfil your organisation’s potential.
The OU’s Enterprise Team has a dedicated role to develop Knowledge Exchange opportunities and to work with partners.
We maximise our impact through major collaborations with external organisations ranging from public bodies to third-sector to business, benefiting the economy, society and cultural life. Some examples of our impact, across a range of areas are set out below.
Consultancy, collaboration and contract research
OU academics, scientists and engineers work at the forefront of new research, technology and business applications in response to the needs of commercial clients.
Our network of national and regional centres makes us uniquely placed to develop research partnerships with organisations throughout the UK and beyond.
Access our facilities and services
Our Walton Hall campus in Milton Keynes has well-equipped cutting edge research facilities available for use by organisations in both the public and private sector.
License our technology
OU technology has the potential to provide innovative solutions to the challenges your organisation faces.
Read about outstanding examples which show how our academics create real life impact in industry and communities.