The Open University

Open University logoThe Open University (OU) works with unions to extend higher education to union members.

You can study with the OU no matter who you are, where you are or what you do.

Key information on the OU website:

The Partnership

Open University sign MOU with unionlearnThe OU and Unionlearn signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2006. This provided the basis for working in partnership to support union members to access higher level learning opportunities.

There is an OU-Unionlearn Steering Group made up of representatives of the OU, unionlearn and unions affiliated to the TUC which manages this special relationship.


The OU has over 600 courses, covering a wide range of fascinating subjects. To find out more request a prospectus or speak to an advisor on 0845 300 6090.

The OU launched its first MOOC (massive open online course) in November 2013. Drawing on 40 years’ experience of delivering online and distance education to global audiences, the OU is using this knowledge to create a visually captivating online course for UK and international audiences.

Find details of the OU's current MOOCs on the Futurelearn website.

OU Access module

If you want to study with the OU but you’re not quite sure you are ready, an OU Access module is the ideal way to prepare.  You may even be able to study for free.

Free mentoring course

Take advantage of the free mentoring course developed by the OU and Foundation Degree Forward for workplace mentors.

Student Experience

The OU offers a unique study experience. Find out more about How OU study works.

Visit OU View, the OU’s YouTube channel, covering a wide range of video subjects and issues.

Videos about the OU student experience:


Prospective learners can find out from OU staff what it’s like to study with them, and how our courses suit your needs, at one of their regular events.


For general enquiries from union learners and requests for further information, call 0845 300 60 90.