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When you work for OUBS, you join a world leader in flexible distance learning, and a pioneer in using technology to deliver higher education, in ways that work for busy professionals.

Our programmes develop practice-focused knowledge, skills and tools that transform the lives of individuals and respond to the needs of organisations and industry. We are also a leading provider of informal learning, contributing to our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

OUBS is committed to providing excellent training, development and progression opportunities for staff at all levels and at all stages of their career – and we invest in the best possible environment to help them succeed and thrive. A competitive employment package includes generous holiday entitlements, pension scheme, training and learning opportunities and other staff benefits.

The School has five academic departments:

Academic departments provide curriculum leadership and contribute to research that takes place both within and across departmental boundaries. Department teams include academics who are practising leaders in their fields, visiting experts, specialist research staff and postgraduate students – all supported by administrative colleagues. The result is a dynamic, collaborative approach to business research and academic programme development that is engaged with the real needs of international business, industry and government.



With a pioneering research reputation, an enthusiastic approach to collaborative research and teaching, and with flexible study and research leave, OUBS attracts leading academics from around the world – from lecturers to Professors and Emeritus Professors.

Teaching at OUBS is about transforming concept and theory into vivid and stimulating multi-media learning materials and activities. Course development is a dynamic, collaborative process – with subject specialists, learning technologists, and sector and industry experts working together creatively and innovatively to produce learning materials that are of such high quality that two thirds of the UK's biggest universities use them too.

Administrative and professional services

The work of OUBS is supported by professional services staff working in the following administrative areas:

  • Curriculum Management – managing programme delivery to students.
  • Student Experience – responsible for aspects of the student experience relating to curriculum management.
  • Strategic Planning and Resource Management – encompassing strategy development and support, HR and finance.
  • Research and Enterprise – provides leadership and support for the Research Degrees Programme, research and enterprise activities.
  • Stakeholder and Alumni Engagement – responsible for communications and Alumni relations.

We seek to employ those inspired by the OU’s mission, who excel in their fields and who thrive in a vibrant and challenging environment.

Benefits of working for OUBS

We offer great working conditions, career progression and benefits to our staff, including:

  • A rewarding working environment
  • A strong commitment to training and development
  • Excellent pay and conditions
  • Generous annual leave

Find out more about what makes the OU such a good place to work.

What to do next

Become part of the OU success story, working in a wide variety of academic, professional services or administrative roles in Milton Keynes or throughout the UK by visiting The Open University's jobs website.

You can also teach for the OU. The OU's 7,000 tutors (known as Associate Lecturers) offer learning support to our students through teaching and assessment, individual contact by email, phone or post, and through group tutorials and day schools. Find out what it's like to tutor our students and view current vacancies.