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‘Studying with the OU has made me a more confident writer’ says Emma

Aspiring novelist and swim teacher Emma James has developed her confidence as a writer, despite struggling with dyslexia, and is now a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a published author.

25th January 2023
Helen Ball

‘The OU is the best thing I ever did’ says Helen

In 2016, Helen's life changed overnight after the sudden loss of her husband of 31 years. Three months later, feeling lost and looking for a bolthole, she started a Classical Studies degree.

12th January 2023
Izzy James

‘Making friends? It was easy’ says Izzy

When Izzy James opted against a bricks-and-mortar education for flexible study with The Open University, she worried she would struggle to make friends. Since then, Izzy has built lasting friendships, some even closer to home than she expected.

12th January 2023

‘It's the best spontaneous decision I've ever made’ says Simon

When Simon found himself drawn to the psychology section in his local bookstore, he decided to make a change and study with the OU – setting him on a new career path and providing unique insight into his own mental health challenges.

12th January 2023

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