Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week we learn about part-time fee grants, living the OU dream and Amazon’s new physical bookstore. Remember, if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.

Are you planning to start Open University study in February 2016? Apply for a part-time fee grant now.

You can find out more on how to apply for the grant here


A mum has fulfilled a lifelong dream of teaching after graduating with an Open Honours degree. Lisa Smith, 42, of Edward Drive, Chelmsford, is now a trainee maths teacher at the Mayflower High School , in Billericay after five years of studying.

Find out more about this inspirational story


Amazon opens its own brick and mortar bookstore. Amazon Books, looks a lot like bookstores that populate malls across the country. Its wood shelves are stocked with 5,000 to 6,000 titles, best-sellers as well as Amazon.com customer favorites. The Huffington Post added: “Maybe Amazon has decided it can’t simply be a parasite on existing brick-and-mortar bookstores forever, especially given the risk that said stores will be driven into extinction by Amazon’s own arguably predatory pricing. ”

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