Thank you for 50 years

Back in April 1969, The Open University started with a radical idea: to open up education for all. 

As we move into this special 50th year, we would like to thank you for being part of our Open University family. We are constantly inspired by your stories and how you show us that the impossible is possible, time and time again!

Over the years over 2 million OU learners from all over the world have achieved their dreams. We continue to be amazed at how Open University students can study anywhere and everywhere – on trains, planes, boats and beyond! Your sheer determination and energy never ceases to impress and inspire. 

Help us celebrate 50 years

Please join us in celebrating our wonderful alumni, incredible students and passionate staff who have helped to shape our University over the past 50 years. Here are just a few ways you can get involved in our 50th celebrations: 


You can also keep up to date with all things #OU50 at The Open University’s 50th homepage. Make sure you keep checking back, as we have lots of exciting things happening throughout 2019.

Thank you again for your part in the OU story – and Happy Birthday!
Published: 10 January 2019