Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week there’s a free Six Nations course, education gaps in NI and looking at how society works. 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.

Enjoy the Six Nations rugby tournament through a free OU course! The Six Nations Championship, the annual international rugby union competition involving six European teams: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales is back. Discover all the different ways in which sport impacts our lives and explore The Open University’s sports and fitness modules and qualifications by trying a free course.


On January 19, the News Letter reported that the proportion of students enrolling in the Province’s higher education bodies – Queen’s University Belfast, the Ulster University, the teaching colleges and the Open University – stood at 29.5 per cent Protestant to 45.3 per cent Catholic in 2014/15.

MLA ‘troubled’ by education gap


OU/BBC’s Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs. Thinking Allowed is BBC Radio 4’s weekly focus on the social sciences in partnership with The Open University. To complement the series, we’ve brought you exclusive content from The Open University’s academic experts and host Laurie Taylor. You might like to – Watch these exclusive videos on sociology with presenter Laurie Taylor….


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