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Student Voice Newsletter November 2023

There's lots of exciting opportunities to get involved with:

• Have Your Say Day

• CareersFest

We are also pleased to update you on new changes to the Student Charter.

Have Your Say Day - 15 November

The Open University is committed to making the student experience the very best it can be. But we can’t do this without hearing from students just like you – it’s time to have your say.

Join us on Wednesday 15 November to meet other OU students, share your thoughts and experiences on topics ranging from study support to sustainability, and get inspired by the positive changes student feedback has made to the university so far.

On the schedule:

    Discuss challenges you face in studying your module and completing assignments
    Hear from senior OU leaders on how you can get involved and make a difference.
    Find out more about the support available to you and share your feedback.
    Talk about the action being taken to address sustainability at the OU.
    Hear from student leaders about the services offered by the Students Association.
    and so much more!

Your chance to win

Don’t miss out – students who register and attend a session on Have Your Say Day will be in with the chance to win an OU hoodie or a £50 shopping voucher!

Sign Up for Have Your Say Day Here

CareersFest - 7-9 November

CareersFest 23 is three days of online panel events, employer showcases and career skills sessions designed around career support OU students told us they need. This year, we’re focusing on putting you back in the driving seat.

You’ll hear real-life, inspiring personal stories and advice from employers who value the diversity of skills, perspectives and backgrounds of OU students and alumni from all over the UK.

We welcome all OU students and alumni up to three years, whoever you are and whatever your destination. Just bring yourself!

Sign Up for CareersFest 2023 Here

Student Charter

So, what is the Student Charter? You can familiarise yourself with the Student Charter.

The Student Charter is a commitment to values that all staff and students within the OU community are expected to embody. All students who sign up to study at the OU are asked to read the Student Charter and confirm they will abide by these values.

The Student Charter sets out how all in the OU community must treat each other with respect, appreciate diversity, work towards sustainability, communicate clearly, actively support student engagement, challenge bullying, and are responsible for learning.

The Student Charter also outlines the OU’s commitment to the Welsh language.

The OU and the OU Students Association, who work in partnership on the Student Charter as well as on other projects, are passionate about Equality, Inclusion and Diversity and this is relayed in the Student Charter and within the OU community.

Every year, we review and refresh the Student Charter to ensure it is up-to-date for all of the OU Community. The 2023 review is now complete and the Student Charter has been revised by adding a new value.

Value 9. We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all members of our University community.

Introducing a new value for this year! Value 9 shows how the Open University is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all the OU community.

Look out for the Student Charter value of the month starting from January 2024!