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The Open University (OU) is the leading university for flexible innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in 157 countries worldwide. The OU has an open access policy and is uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, who combine their learning with work and family commitments. The Open University’s mission is to be open as to people, places, methods and ideas and its award-winning distance teaching has helped over 2 million students receive and education since it was established in 1969.

Students on the engineering programme at the OU study at a distance and are often isolated, with women much more likely to be career changers wanting to enter the engineering profession. Our partnership with WES enables them to access information and networks and see the varied work of qualified engineers. Our female students really value the link with WES.