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What makes us unique

Since its inception, the Ƶ has been committed to widening access to education. Today, our ideals of inclusivity, diversity and collaboration continue to inform everything we do – from increasing educational opportunities to vital humanities research addressing human rights and climate change. 

Transforming education

We are the UK’s leading provider of digital and blended distance  education, offering degrees in partnership with our federation members to 45,000 students in 190 countries. We have pioneered innovation in education since 1858.

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Global community

Our vibrant global community transcends geographical, economic and social borders. We are home to the Ƶ Institute in Paris and have more than 120 Recognised Teaching Centres across 40 countries.

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Collective expertise

We are federation of 17 esteemed institutions - collaboration is at the heart of our ethos. Our collective community consists of 240,000 students and over 50,000 staff. Our passion for learning, sharing and connection is central to our ability to transform lives around the world.

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Intellectual exchange

We are a national leader in the humanities. Our School of Advanced Study is the only UK institution nationally funded by Research England to promote and facilitate humanities research. Through knowledge exchange we steer the national conversation, contributing to a growing economy and richer cultural infrastructure.

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Fostering Inclusivity

We have been committed to improving access to education since our inception. To promote equality, we challenge prejudices and maximise education for all learners. Through our strategy, we reaffirm our commitment to the values of tolerance and belonging, as we seek to combat discrimination and exclusion.

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Ƶ Anchor

Since our establishment by royal charter in 1836, we have played a central role in shaping Ƶ’s identity as a hub of diversity, inclusion, educational excellence and innovation. No matter where our students are physically based, they reap the benefits of an education steeped in everything Ƶ stands for.

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