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The Open University (OU) offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications.

The OU is a major partner in the UK’s Institute of Coding (IoC), and leads the IoC’s first theme on university learning, which aims to influence computer science teaching in universities nationally.   Based in the OU STEM Faculty, the project teams from the Knowledge Media Institute and the School of Computing and Communications will use our extensive know-how in delivering high quality learning at scale to address the current skills gaps in new and emerging areas such as Data Science and Cyber Security.  An important part of that theme will be collaboration with a number of IoC partners and industry representing employers and educators to create an IoC industrial accreditation standard, a modular curriculum, and mainstreaming data analytics to enhance teaching and improve educational outcomes.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Faculty are world leaders in inclusive, innovative and impactful STEM teaching and research. Our vibrant research community provides solutions to scientific and technological challenges faced by business, governments and societies.

The School of Computing leads and shapes the digital revolution through delivering innovative and dynamic teaching, that is relevant to the workplace, and is founded on world-class research and scholarship in computing and communications.

The Knowledge Media Institute is a multidisciplinary R&D lab that has been at the forefront of innovation for the past 20 years. We lead in a number of areas, including Semantic Technologies, Educational Media, Social Media Analysis, Big Data, Smart Cities, Blockchain, IoT and others. We believe in research which has impact in the real world with real users. For this reason, we work with industry, government, local authorities, charities, schools and a variety of other organisations.