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Open University Wales

Address18 Custom House Street
CF10 1AP
Telephone029 2047 1019
DirectorLouise Casella

The Open University is the largest provider of part-time undergraduate higher education in Wales. It is a world leader in providing innovative and flexible distance learning opportunities at higher education level.

Through its distance learning approach the University delivers higher education to homes and workplaces in every part of Wales. The Open University was established by charter on 23 April 1969, with its first students enrolling in 1971.

The Open University in Wales has a student population of over 7,500, all of these students are Welsh-domiciled and study on a part-time basis. The Open University is the largest higher education institution in the UK measured by student numbers, with around 200,000 students (including a significant number from outside the UK).

The Open University in Wales offers a wide choice of qualifications in a broad range of subject areas from short courses through to postgraduate study.

The OU in Wales has its administrative centre in Cardiff and has around 300 part-time teaching staff across the country delivering courses and supporting students. As well as being a UK-wide university with a global reach, the OU in Wales responds to the particular needs of and opportunities within Wales, and to the policies and objectives laid out by the Welsh Government and HEFCW.

The administrative centre of The Open University in Wales is located on Custom House Street in central Cardiff but as a distance learning institution OU students are located right across Wales.


The administrative centre of the Open University in Wales is located in Custom House Street in central Cardiff, a few minutes walk from the main rail station.

Academic profile 2016/17 (Source: HEFCW End of Year Monitoring Survey)
Total student enrolments4,295
Full-time student enrolments0
Sandwich year out student enrolments0
Part-time student enrolments4,295

Note: data is subject to rounding.

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