The Open University

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Overview

Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Aug 2021 - Jul 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

7.5 Fte (25)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

0

High-level Commission meetings

1

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    The Open University   (OU)

    EU Transparency Register

    411351510015-07 First registered on 29 Oct 2012

    Goals / Remit

    The OU is the largest university in the UK with 208,308 students, 912 research students and 10,467 taught Post graduate students. As a world class distance learning university we have students based across the globe. Our vision is to reach more students with life-changing learning that meets their needs and enriches society. The OU ranked 1st for student satisfaction with assessment and feedback scoring 86% in the 2022 National Student’s Survey. The OU supports a vibrant research portfolio fostering research teams who compete with world-class institutions in the UK and worldwide securing circa €19.2million of research income annually and enjoying an international reputation for the quality of its research in many fields. In the UK’s last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). The OU was in the top third of UK higher education institutions. 76% of the OU’s research scoring 3/ 4 stars indicating that our research, impact and environment is world-leading or internationally excellent.

    Main EU files targeted

    The Open University actively engages in Horizon Europe. Much of the research undertaken aims at addressing policy areas associated in helping to contribute towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through research linked to the Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs and the European pillar of social rights and globally through the EU’s European development policy. The EU Cohesion Policy the Strategic framework in Education and Training align with our strategic priorities in additional to the Digital Agenda for Europe and Innovation Union. The OU also engages with Cofund, ERASMUS+ and EURAXESS. The Open University is member of the Athena SWAN Charter, which promotes good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research and demonstrating our engagement with the Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality which is further realised when coupled with our ethos and vision for increased access to truly open education. All of which feed into our Institutional Gender equality Plan. The Open University has a leading role in the continuing long term growth and development of higher education, and as such a number of our H2020 and Horizon Europe research projects address key priorities within Europe. The Open Universities' provision of distance learning especially in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impacted world allow Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education along with the arts and humanities to be delivered remotely in new and effective ways. Our ongoing partnership with the BBC and through our Open Learn courses and Futurelearn platform can enable citizens to develop new skills and also play a more active role in the Research and Innovation process and to make informed choices to engage in a democratic, knowledge-based society. Our engagement with the European development policy is realised through our education strategy evidenced through our International Development and Inclusive Innovation strategic research area and our global educational reach through our internationally recognised education programmes TESS-India (Teacher Education through School-based Support) and TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa). The OU’s goals and research also align to the 2030 climate and energy policy framework with water and energy based projects e.g. Waste2Fresh and the EU Biodiversity strategy with our citizen science work with Treezilla and iSpot websites. The OU is an active member of the two major European distance education networks - EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) and EDEN (European Distance Education Network) - which provide excellent sources of fruitful partnership in addition to the European University Association. We are also members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the International Council for Open & Distance Education.

    Address

    Head Office
    Walton Hall Kents Hill
    Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
    UNITED KINGDOM
    EU Office
    Walton Hall Kents Hill
    Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
    UNITED KINGDOM

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    25

    Employment timeLobbyists
    50%5
    25%20

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    7.5

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    Academic institutions

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    The OU is an active member of the two major European distance education networks - EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) and EDEN (European Distance Education Network) - which provide excellent sources of fruitful partnership in addition to the European University Association. We are also members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the International Council for Open & Distance Education and EARMA.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Aug 2021 - Jul 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year

    16,992,333€

    Major funding types in closed year

    EU funding, Grants, Public financing

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Contribution EU Funding 4,899,681€
    Contribution UK Research Council funded 5,725,549€
    Contribution UK Other funded 250,478€
    Contribution UK Charities funded 962,923€
    Contribution UK Central, Local and Government bodies funded 4,144,702€
    Contribution Industry and Public Corporations funded 205,581€
    Contribution UK Other Sources funded 107,517€
    Contribution Non-EU International funded 695,904€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    none

    Groups (European Parliament)

    Rural, mountainous and remote areas (RUMRA) and smart villages

    Communication activities

    None

    Other activities

    Professor John Oates is an ethics reviewer for the European Research Council Executive Agency and is a member of the European Commission Community of Experts for ethics.
    Professor Enrico Motta is a member of the ERC experts panel.
    Contribution to consultation around development of Horizon Europe through written correspondence and responses to official surveys and working groups.

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    1 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 27 Jan 2021 Location Videoconference
      Subject Meeting on adult learning programmes.
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Nicolas Schmit
      Portfolio Jobs and Social Rights
      Attending
      • Anouk Faber (Cabinet member)
      • Christoph Nerlich (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
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