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The OU was founded to open up higher education to all, regardless of their circumstances or where they live. We have students of all ages and backgrounds: school students wanting experience of university-level study, school leavers who choose to begin their careers while they study for a degree, people wanting to develop or update their skills, or change career entirely, and retired people wanting to explore new interests and keep mentally active.
The Open University's Strategic Plan 2012-17 is the means by which we secure The Open University's Mission and thrive as a University within the new Higher Education environment across the four nations of the UK and internationally.
We are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all and we monitor ourselves to make sure we live up to our ideals.