We are committed to delivering our mission of being open to people, places, methods and ideas and we want to reach more students with life-changing learning.
We know that no-one understands the student experience better than you, our students, and we want to give every student the opportunity to have a say about changes we make in our future.
We are looking at how we can improve your student experience and we want to help more of our students to achieve their desired qualification. We are exploring a range of initiatives to do this and we will also be investing in our IT systems.
We have plans in place to make some savings that will return us to financial sustainability in the longer term. This will allow us to continue investing in improvements to the student experience,such as new IT systems, and continue offering a broad curriculum that is fit for the needs of students and employers.
This area of the website will keep you informed about changes we are considering or making; and it will also provide details of ways to get involved and provide feedback to us.
Keeping you informed about changes at the OU.
I hope that you had a good summer break and are enjoying the start of your studies, whether you are a new student or returning to us. We have had a busy August at the OU and I want to keep you updated on the work we are planning to enhance our amazing university as we approach our 50th anniversary next year.
NSS is an annual survey of students in their final year of study, at the OU this means students who have completed at least three years of study and achieved at least 120 credits. It is run by the Office for Students, who regulate higher education on behalf of students.
We have previously shared information with you about a programme called Students First Transformation. This programme was designed to help us make efficiencies to our operations and to invest in the student experience.
Last month, I wrote to you to let you know that the first set of proposed changes to our curriculum were approved at our governance committee meetings in May. Since then, the committees have met again and approved the majority of the remaining proposed changes.
In May, I wrote to you to give you an update about our Curriculum Review process. As I explained in my last message, all universities regularly review their curriculum and we have undertaken a larger than usual university-wide review this year. The aim has been to introduce new options for students while removing areas of study that have proved to be less popular. Our governance committees have now met and some proposals have been approved, with a number of further changes to be considered at the end of June.
I wanted to update you on the Curriculum Review process we are undergoing; to clarify the next steps and to reassure you of our continuing commitment to supporting a wide array of subjects and minimising any impact on your study.