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Open University - What we're looking for...

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Watch a Showreel of Open University Co-funded Commissions

The Open University (OU) works in partnership with the BBC to co-produce programmes from in-house and independent suppliers, totalling around 25 learning journey projects a year, across all BBC TV channels and radio stations.

Recent learning journey projects and the OU's priority subject areas are listed below along with information about working with The OU.

Note: Learning journey means the educational journey that enhances and enriches the broadcast experience that the viewer takes after watching/listening to the programme. 

Find out more about the Open University production and delivery requirements including credit and publicity guidance. 

Overview of Recent Projects

 img-bbc-one-logo-small.gifThe Great British Year 

Britain's Great War 

Andrew Marr's History of the World

Bang Goes The Theory
img-bbc-two-logo-small.gifAn Hour to Save Your Life

Iceland Foods: Life in ther Freezer Cabinet

Protecting Our Parents

Airport Live

The Wonder of Dogs
img-bbc-three-logo-small.gifOur Crime
img-bbc-four-logo-small.gifHidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses 

Brits Who Built the Modern World 

Light and Dark 

Pain, Pus and Poison
 radio4_logo.jpgMore or Less  

The Bottom Line

Shared Planet

Thinking Allowed

Bringing Up Britain
 bbc_world_servicelogo.jpgHealth Check


Priority Subject Areas 2014 - 2015

The OU is currently looking for proposals which fall within the following five subject strands, representing the breadth of the OU curriculum:

  • Arts and History
  • Business and Management
  • Education and Languages
  • Health and Social Care
  • Technology including Maths and Computing
  • Science and Nature
  • Society

The OU is interested in supporting proposals which:

  • Inspire people to find out more about subjects or topics by visiting OU’s Open Learn, the Open Educational Resources portal for free learning. 
  • Provide the stimulus for further study at The Open University.
  • Are intellectually challenging and focus on priority subject areas.
  • Explore new ways of delivering content and interactivity for the audience, via mobile, online and on demand services.
  • Stimulate 'local' audiences and provide outreach in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and English Regions.
  • Connect to the OU's teaching and provide material for modules.


Commissioning (for Learning Journey Projects)

The Head of Broadcast Commissioning at The Open University meets regularly with Knowledge Commissioners to identify future projects.  

Working with the OU – FAQs for Production Teams

You can read the full detail on working with the OU in the FAQ's download. The document is also available top right of this page in the downloads section.

Terms of Trade

The process is the same for independent productions and the agreement with the independent will incorporate the OU rights and requirements.

Find out more about the Open University production and delivery requirements including credit and publicity guidance. 

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