The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership we seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning. There is no typical OU student. People of all ages and backgrounds study with us, for all sorts of reasons – to update their skills, get a qualification, boost their career, change direction, prove themselves, keep mentally active. The OU is open to them all. The Open University's Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean How we deliver our mission The Open University’s Strategic Plan 2012-17 (pdf) is the means by which we will continue transforming lives through education, building on our success and delivering our mission in a changing world. Our Annual Reports provide a record of our work, events, projects and financial highlights year by year. Open to all Most of our undergraduate courses have no formal entry requirements. We believe that the qualifications our students have when they leave are the only ones that matter. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, and close monitoring makes sure that we live up to our ideals.