Articles from Open University

Free Your Ambition: Building confidence and supporting ambition to lessen the social divide

Britain is an ambitious nation. According to research from The Open University’s Free Your Ambition campaign more than nine in 10 Britons have an ambition in life, from earning more money to wanting a better future for their family.

The Apprenticeship #Levy in England: What needs to be done next?

The Party Conference season in England is now over for another year and while #Brexit debate continues to prevail across parties, in the fringes we found ongoing debate on the future of vocational and skills policy and the assessment of the delivery of the apprenticeship levy policy in England. 

The Open University's free online learning site sees 50% boost in visitors

@OUFreeLearning is proving a popular resource for all ages during the current pandemic, containing specific pages associated with #coronavirus and related concerns.

Degree apprenticeships at the Open University are supporting the #FutureofWork

OU Law students are the first UK students to develop legal bots with Josef

The Open University’s Open Justice Centre has become the first university in the UK to use legal automation platform, Josef, to educate Law students.

Which factors most affect student wellbeing?

Students with few or no helpful teachers are 146% more likely to report a high level of dissatisfaction with life Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, has applied sophisticated statistical techniques to the most recent HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey results in order to see which factors most affect student wellbeing.

Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for employers

We’re one year on from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and we have a lot to reflect on: more than £1.39 billion has been paid in by large employers over the last year, according to our recent Freedom of Information request.

Degree apprenticeships are not just a local phenomenon

The development of degree apprenticeships is at a momentous turning point.

Using apprenticeships to empower the UK’s older workers

The average duration of the working life is getting longer, making the traditional model of linear career progression increasingly rare, often being replaced by the portfolio career.1 This creates a number of challenges to traditional employer expectations, and the structure of our education system.

Degree Apprenticeships and the new pathway into Higher Education

Recent changes to the apprenticeship landscape offer some fresh and exciting alternatives to traditional education pathways. Now, there is another opportunity to progress through further education into higher education, with the development of a new form of higher apprenticeship, the degree apprenticeship.

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