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Upcoming Events

What's on at the OU? As an OU graduate, you have access to a number of free, online events across your University. Here are the latest events you can attend. Just click on the links to find out more and save your place. We look forward to seeing you!


Q&A Panel with Microsoft's Black, Asian and minority ethnic programme: Early in Career and Leadership

Wednesday 25 January 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Come to the Q&A panel to hear from people working in tech, find out how they got there, their challenges and get tips about how you can make it.


Global Youth Unemployment: History, Governance and Policy

Monday 30 January 2023, 17:00-18:30

Join us for this inaugural book launch, where authors Prof. Nicola Yeates and Prof. Ross Fergusson from the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University will be joined by a distinguished panel of academics to discuss some of the key questions and issues the book tackles:

  1. What is the relationship between youth unemployment, welfare and globalisations?
  2. How is the big rise in global youth unemployment since 2008 to be explained?
  3. What are the prospects for meeting the UN’s goals for its Global Compact for Youth Employment by 2030?

Making your mark in education: The world of private and volunteer tutoring and mentoring

Tuesday 31 January 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

In this Microsoft Teams Panel event we will explore the value of private and voluntary tutoring and mentoring, providing you with a starting point so you can research a range of opportunities depending on your needs and areas of interest. 

During our discussion we will explore with our panellists how OU students can get involved in tutoring in either a paid or volunteering capacity. We will also discuss the benefits that mentoring can offer, not only to others, but to your own personal and professional development. 


Explore your goals: your next step - live workshop

Wednesday 1 February 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Wednesday 8 February 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Tuesday 14 February 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


How skills can unlock an inclusive digital future

Wednesday 15 February 2023: 10:00 to 11:00

Online

The pandemic accelerated digital adoption, and highlighted the importance that digital solutions need to available and accessible to all. While improving knowledge and good intentions are encouraging, the mismatch between skills supply and demand is huge barrier to businesses and organisations developing truly inclusive products and services.

This creates a challenge for business leaders. Digital accessibility isn’t an optional extra. In competitive industries, the organisation that can make their service or product more accessible has a competitive advantage. For those providing public services, digital accessibility is key to providing equitable access to those services.

Solving this challenge is central to the UK’s digital inclusion agenda. This webinar, hosted by Priya Lakhani OBE and brought to you by The Open University, outlines why skills and expertise are vital to an organisation’s digital inclusion strategy. Our expert panel looks at how these skills can be developed in a smarter, more flexible way and how training and expertise can open up digital solutions for all.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence: Capture the Flag 2023

Saturday 18 February 2023: 10:00 to Sunday 19 February 16:00

Online

The Operational Cyber Group from BAE Systems Digital Intelligence are pleased to work with the OU again to host a Capture the Flag event; two days of cyber security challenges and games. Now in its second year, following its huge success, anybody who is currently enrolled at The Open University and has a keen interest in Computer Science can sign up and play. There are prizes for the winning team! Also those who took part last time can join in again as all the challenges will be different.


LinkedIn: Standing out from the crowd

Tuesday 21 February 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Come away from the LinkedIn session knowing how to use your skills and experience to write a great profile and get started promoting your professional brand. Includes tips and tricks of how to leverage LinkedIn as a tool to catapult your career and grow your network.


Ageing Well public talk series: What should we know about nutrition and living with Diabetes Type 2 while ageing

Tuesday 22 February 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

This talk Dr Jitka Vseteckova and Alan Hastings will discuss what we need to consider around nutrition while ageing and how to support people to eat regularly and well. We will also discuss nutrition and what we need to know about living with Diabetes Type 2.

Dr Jitka Vseteckova - Senior Lecturer Health and Social Care, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University. Jitka has longstanding interest and passion in researching ageing and engaging with public.

Mr Alan Hastings 
– ‘In 2014  I was diagnosed as Pre-diabetic, i.e. close to Type 2. As an ex-Project Manager, I treat my health as a Project, so I control my diet with a colour coded chart (Red, Amber, Green) of everything I eat showing quantities, Calories, Sugar, Fat, Saturated Fat, Salt. Taking care of my health and creating healthy routines helped me to keep my blood sugar at acceptable levels.’


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Wednesday 1 March 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Tuesday 7 March 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Ageing Well public talk series: Relationships and intimacy while ageing

Tuesday 15 March 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

This talk Dr Andreas Vossler focuses on things we usually don't talk about - especially around relationships, intimacy and ageing. The talk will cover assumptions and facts about sex and ageing, sexual health in older age, importance of intimacy and positive relationships in later life.

Dr Andreas VosslerSenior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University. Andreas focusses his research on promoting individual and collective health and well-being by applying concepts such as empowerment, participation, social networks and social support, social and economic justice.


Cover letters and emails: Perfecting your one-page pitch - live workshop

Wednesday 22 March 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd and get employers to shortlist you? Knowing how to write an effective covering letter is one way to do this. In this session we’ll be exploring why and when to use a covering letter, content, structure and format, and how to tailor it to different opportunities.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: Let's talk about sleep

Wednesday 19 April 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

Sleeping while ageing – why do we might struggle to get good night sleep and how to change that? In this talk Dr Abigail Methley will help us to understand why it is so important to sleep well and enough and will include few practical tips on how to do so.

Dr Abigail MethleySenior Clinical Psychologist in North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, specialising in neuropsychology (the relationship between the brain and human behaviour). Abi’s role involves supporting people to understand and live well with the cognitive and emotional changes accompanying long term conditions including dementia. Prior to this she was the specialist clinical psychologist for an NHS older peoples' mental health and memory assessment service.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Wednesday 19 April 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Thursday 27 April 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


Explore your goals: your next step - live workshop

Wednesday 10 May 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Tuesday 16 May 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: Health inequalities and ageing

Wednesday 17 May 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Sonal will explore how may health inequalities impact our ability to make the right lifestyle choices and what we can do to change that.

Sonal Mehta - Director/Founder Catalyst Health Solutions & VCSE Partnership Lead – Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System. Through her involvement, Sonal supports collaborative action on health inequalities while also creating strategic partnerships between the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and the health and care systems.


Ageing Well public talk series: Ways to exercise while still having fun

Wednesday 14 June 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

How do we build a strong and resilient musculoskeletal system and how can we have fun at the same time? Dr Jackie Richards will talk to us about dance and what are the benefits of dancing. What is creative dance and where can it take us?  Dave Curry will share with us his journey of walks combined with his passion for travelling. We will explore how to exercise well and enough but how can we also make it fun.

Dr Jackie Richards- Advisor and Older Dancer, she has founded and managed a local creative dance organisation, regularly attends ballet, contemporary and creative dance sessions and danced in a variety of public performances and She advises several organisations concerned with ageing, adult learning, language, stereotyping. Jackie’s work is encouraging active lives, new friendships, more community involvement and Health & Wellbeing.

David Curry Diabetes UK Service Champion, Middle Aged Old Goat (MAOG) The motto David lives by comes from Voltaire (French Philosopher) - “I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health “.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Wednesday 5 July 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Tuesday 11 July 2023: 13:30 to 14:30

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Ageing Well public talk series: Ageing, later life and caring in LGBTQ communitites

Wednesday 12 July 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

The LGBTQ+ community is aging like other communities but are there different issues?  In this talk Dr Joe DeLappe and Tony Collins-Moore will explore what is the appropriate way to support the LGBTQ+ community to age well and how caring can work from an alternative family dynamic perspective.

Tony Collins-MooreCarers Wellbeing Academy Manager, Carers Centre Tower Hamlets. Tony describes himself as advocate or & safeguarding champion, husband, animal lover, honest, fun & life loving man.

Dr Joseph DeLappe– Research Associate, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University. Joe works on a range of health, wellbeing, and social care projects at the OU. His own research interests include health inequalities for LGBTQ+ populations, particularly as they age.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Wednesday 19 July 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.