We are pleased to announce that Open University are our Rural Wales category sponsor at this year’s Womenspire Awards!
We spoke to Marketing Manager – Tracey Marenghi, about the organisation and what it means to them to be part of Womenspire18!

Q1. Tell us about your organisation

The Open University in Wales is the leading provider of part-time higher education in Wales. The OU offers part-time flexible courses at higher education level studied via supported distance learning. We have over 7000 students in Wales and many of our students study alongside work or caring commitments. You don’t need any formal qualifications to study with us just commitment and a desire to find out what you’re capable of.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards?

It is important to celebrate success, as we see each year at our graduation ceremonies. We are proud to support Chwarae Teg and Womenspire which offer important recognition to those who have significant achievements to celebrate. We hope that our support can allow the awards to inspire others to think about what they can achieve.

Q3. Why does gender equality matter to you?

We believe that everyone benefits from gender equality and are committed to ensuring that women can access higher education. It’s really important that flexible learning opportunities are available to ensure that women can enhance their skills and career prospects, and either get back into the labour market or up-skill and access new job opportunities. We want to enable anyone who wants to study part-time to be able to do so to enhance their career opportunities and skills and to give them a little bit more confidence.

Q4. Why do you support the work of Chwarae Teg?

We offer a second chance to many people who weren’t able to access higher education straight from school. Like Chwarae Teg we believe in giving people the opportunity to change their own lives and we are passionate about ensuring women are able to access educational opportunities.

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