Open University invitation to ethnic minority students

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By Una Murphy

The Open University is running two information sessions specifically for members of minority ethnic communities and foreign nationals in Belfast.

The sessions will look at residency and higher education, fees and funding, studying in English, and the OU’s mode of delivery and additional support structures.

A spokeswoman for the Open University in Northern Ireland said: “Recognising the increasing diversity of Northern Ireland, The Open University would like to welcome enquiries from members of ethnic minority communities. At the end of August, we are taking the opportunity to explain requirements, opportunities and support that is specific to people who speak English as a second language or are from other countries and lived in the UK or Europe for the last three years.

“Moving to another country is not easy. We would like to help people to be able to reach their full potential while living here, enable them to contribute the talents, skills and creativity to make our society a better place. The Open University offers life-transforming learning that will improve job prospects, build confidence and provide students with an opportunity to belong to a global community of students around the world who study with the University”, the spokeswoman added.

The information sessions will take place on August 25 in the afternoon and early evening. People who would like to attend need to register for the event using the links below:

Afternoon: http://www3.open.ac.uk/forms/BMEInfoafternoon/

Evening: http://www3.open.ac.uk/forms/BMEinfoevening/

The Open University in Northern Ireland received a rating of 89% for overall student satisfaction the latest National Student Survey (NSS), making it the thirteenth year in a row that the OU has topped the university student satisfaction table in Northern Ireland.

John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland, said: “OU students often face significant barriers to studying at higher education level. Most are balancing their studies around work and caring commitments.”

For more information on the information sessions specifically for members of minority ethnic communities and foreign nationals email: Ireland-Widening-Access@open.ac.uk

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