Our Strategy

Through the power of learning we aim to transform lives and communities, opening a world of possibilities for everyone.


The Open University’s Strategy for 2022-2027

Our enduring mission

Open to people, places, methods and ideas

Our vision

Life-changing learning that enriches society

The values we live

Inclusive, innovative, responsive

Learn and Live

Our Strategy: Learn and Live (2022-2027) is built on five goals and seven enablers, showing how we will achieve our mission over the next five years.

Our five goals:

  • greater reach, offering unrivalled choice, quality and flexibility to more people from all parts of society through a range of channels and learning opportunities, with the University’s core offer of qualifications and accredited learning at its centre1 .
  • success for our students, supporting them to achieve their goals, whoever and wherever they are, with outcomes that are equitable and open up new opportunities in life and work.
  • societal impact locally and globally through research, enterprise and skills development that shape the future.
  • equity, greater diversity at all levels, and inclusion in every aspect of how we work and what we achieve.
  • environmental and social sustainability

The seven enablers to reach our goals:

  • living our values, being inclusive, innovative and responsive in all we do.
  • supporting each other to do our best work.
  • continuously improving how we work and manage change.
  • employing secure and effective technologies with the best possible user experience.
  • using data and evidence in all our decision-making.
  • building on our uniqueness as a university for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • stewarding our finances so that we can invest in our goals.

The Director of Strategy

You will be a key senior manager. Reporting to the University Secretary, the postholder works closely with the Vice-Chancellor, and the University’s senior management team informing and influencing strategic decisionmaking. The role holder has responsibility for coordinating the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and for guiding our institutional approach to strategic development and implementation.