Ref2014

The Open University’s (OU) results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) published today (Thursday 18 December) demonstrate world leading research excellence in many of its subjects. The OU is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.

The REF results saw nearly three quarters (72%) of The Open University’s research assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available – and awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent.  The OU saw a significant increase in its excellence scores across almost all subject areas.

Read more at: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/main/news/open-university-combines-open-access-with-research-excellence

MCT Faculty

A Message from the Dean...

Anne De Roeck - Dean and Director of StudiesA very warm welcome to the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at The Open University.  You are in great company - with over 50,000 highly satisfied students from a range of educational and social backgrounds and different countries studying our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research degrees, our teaching and research make a real difference to people's lives.  Student success and satisfaction is central to what we do.

 

Professionally relevant teaching and research

Our teaching programmes provide breadth across the technical and scientific education demanded by the national and international knowledge economy, with the depth of a practice-based curriculum to provide the pull-through from lower to higher level skills.

Our teaching programmes span:

  • engineering and design
  • computing and IT
  • mathematics and statistics
  • environment and development management.

Our programmes are underpinned by high quality research and scholarship, and by our expert academic communities who maintain strong links with professional bodies and communities of practitioners.

Our flexible, high quality teaching and research are internationally recognised and immediately relevant in professional contexts and to related policy frameworks

Our vision

The Faculty is about innovation and problem-solving in the real world: problems that are complex and challenging, and whose solutions require technological advances, behavioural transformation, and enhancements in policy and practice.  Through high impact teaching, research and scholarship in (S)TEM* we strive to equip learners, employers and funders with the capabilities they require to meet tomorrow's challenges and to provide solutions for an optimistic future.

Professor Anne de Roeck FBCS, CITP
Professor of Computing
Dean and Director of Studies

*(Science), Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

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