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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!

Wild Isles Live: Alastair Fothergill

May, Various Locations and Dates

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the British Isles at this big-screen talk, featuring highlights from the acclaimed BBC series, never-before seen footage, and insight from visionary producer Alastair Fothergill.

Alastair’s long-term creative partnership with Sir David Attenborough produced many groundbreaking BBC series including "Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth”. Both visionaries in the realm of nature documentaries, Fothergill and Attenborough contribute their unique perspectives to crafting narratives that inspire environmental awareness. Their shared commitment to showcasing the beauty of the natural world has not only produced captivating content but has also contributed to a broader conversation on conservation and biodiversity. Together, they stand as influential figures in the ongoing effort to highlight the wonders of our planet.

At Wild Isles Live, you can join Alastair on a captivating journey through the British Isles' most curious and breathtaking landscapes - from golden eagles on the Highlands’ coasts to the weird and wonderful world of our woodland undergrowth - followed by a live Q&A.

Find out more information and book tickets.

Virtual Open Days – please help spread the word

May, June and July


Do you know someone thinking of studying with the OU? We’re hosting Virtual Open Days over the next few months and need your help in sharing with any friends or family interested in learning more about the OU.

It will be an online event where curious potential students can ask questions to our advisers and explore how the OU works. Please share this link with anyone who may want to follow in your footsteps and become part of our amazing OU family. Thank you! 

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday 21st May, Thursday 27th June, Tuesday 2nd July and Tuesday 16th July

Friends in Blue and Green Spaces

Wednesday 22nd May 11:00-13:00


Please join us for our next Ageing Well Talk on May 22nd at 11am - 13.00pm entitled Making Friends in Blue and Green Spaces. We will be exploring how our ecosystems provide us with the many social and well-being benefits of as humans engage with nature. We will also explore can how keeping companion animals (pets) in older years can enrich our lives. If you would like further information about the talk or presenters, or you would like to reserve your free place, please visit the Eventbrite page.

The climate crisis as a long-term threat to learning

Thursday 23 May, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online (Microsoft Teams)

Professor Catherine Porter is Director of the Young Lives Research Programme at the University of Oxford and Professor of Development Economics at Lancaster University. She will be joining us at The Open University for this lunchtime webinar to discuss recent research from the Young Lives project which has documented the impact of climate shocks (floods, droughts) during early childhood on later life outcomes including educational attainment and social and emotional skills. 

Find out more and register.

Resisting hostility: the strive to becoming a sanctuary university

Thursday 20 June, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:00


Quality higher education (HE) is not easily accessible to the forcibly displaced. The numbers are alarming: in 2023, the number of displaced people worldwide had risen to 108 million - the highest ever recorded. Universities can be agents for change in this humanitarian crisis – from providing scholarships and opportunities to access and participate in HE for students from a refugee background to advocating for refugee’s human rights.

In this seminar, Dr Koula Charitonos will talk about the role of universities in responding to this humanitarian crisis. She will provide empirical evidence from a study conducted at The Open University with a group of students from refugee backgrounds to reflect on insights generated in navigating studies, relations, institutional systems, policies and practices and importantly, to highlight the university’s journey to becoming a sanctuary university.

Find out more and register.

Why we need to design technology for and with animals

Thursday 20 June, 2024 - 17:00 to 18:00

Online and in person

In her inaugural lecture, Clara Mancini, Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, will talk about her research journey in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction, shared with colleagues from across the world, to develop the art and science of designing technology for and with animals.

She will call for a radical rethink of how technology could support a sustainable development by encouraging us to start thinking ‘outside the (human) box’.

Find out more and register.

Solstice Seminars at the European Lunar Symposium

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 18:30 to 21:30

Crichton Memorial Church, The Crichton, Dumfries, DG1 4ZZ

The OU in Scotland is delighted to co-host this public event in partnership with the Crawick Multiverse Trust, for anyone interested in space science.

Find out more and register.