What’s on: events this winter

The weather may be getting colder, but the winter events schedule is heating up!

We’ve put together a line-up of events and activities where you can connect with fellow students, discover the power of Student Voice, master creative problem-solving, and hone your skills through constructive feedback. Plus, you can join a student book club and so much more!

Get social!

Meet other students and expand your support network with our social events and meet-ups. Whether face-to-face or virtual, all our socials are inclusive, welcoming, fun and interactive. 

Great for:

✔️Expanding your network

✔️Building your confidence

✔️Having a laugh!

Upcoming events:

Saturday Morning Coffee and Chat

Saturday 4 November | 10am

An informal online drop-in to get to know other students and chat about everything.

Book Club

Friday 17 November | 7pm

Have you been reading lots lately? Do you have a favourite author? Join Write Club for an engaging session, talking all things books.

At Home but Not Alone

Whole of November

And last but not least, look out for the ‘At Home but Not Alone’ events and activities this month. It’s an initiative designed by the Students Association’s Student Leadership Team, which aims to raise awareness around the challenges of isolation by highlighting support services and engagement opportunities available to OU students at the Association. Throughout the month of November, you’ll be able to take part in various activities and events which have been designed to help you get connected to the student community during your OU study journey. Join in on this month-long initiative to beat loneliness and celebrate the OU student community. To find out more, read this introduction to the campaign from Margaret Greenaway (Students Association President).

Have Your Say Day

Join other OU students and staff on Wednesday, 15 November to share your thoughts and experiences on topics ranging from study support to sustainability, and get inspired by the positive changes student feedback has made to the university so far. 

Don’t miss out – students who register and attend a session on Have Your Say Day will be in with the chance to win an OU hoodie or a £50 shopping voucher.

Register now

Students who register and attend a session are in with the chance of winning a hoodie or voucher.


Study skills

Reach your full potential as a student with our study skills workshops. Whether it’s essay planning and writing, or learning how to present a strong academic argument, the interactive workshops will help you develop the skills you need to meet the demands of your course.

Great for:

✔️Honing your study skills

✔️Building key competencies

✔️Improving academic communications

Upcoming events:

Creative problem-solving: techniques for success

Wednesday 15 November | 7pm

This session will introduce the creative problem-solving cycle and the steps people take to solve problems.

Power reading - boost your reading skills

Wednesday 22 November | 7pm

Upgrade your reading skills - work smarter not harder. Learn some fantastic new techniques to help you read more effectively.

Learning from feedback

Tuesday 5 December | 11am

Find out why tutor feedback is important, and how to use it effectively and constructively.  


Steer your career

CareersFest 23 puts you back in the driving seat with the confidence to steer your career. It’s three days of online panel events, employer showcases and career skills sessions based on what OU students have asked for. Meet employers and be inspired by stories and strategies of how others have overcome career barriers. Learn how to describe your unique strengths in ways employers listen to, and how to get the experience you need to change direction. Secure your place now on your choice of sessions.

Register now


In the Library

Need to improve your digital and technical skills? Look no further! The OU’s Library Services offer a programme of live online training sessions to all OU students. Each bite-sized session provides an online alternative to face-to-face training. Extra bonus: each session allows you live access to a librarian!

Please note: Library Services events don't require booking! Simply join the room using the Adobe Connect link, and make a note of the event date on your personal calendar.

Great for:

Answering general academic writing and study skills queries

Referring you to useful resources and library databases

Helping you improve your digital skills

Upcoming events:

Introduction to Library Services

Monday 13 November | 7:30pm

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

Exploring Generative AI: critical skills and ethical use

Wednesday 15 November | 7:30pm

Develop a critical awareness of Generative AI within the context of academic study.

The why and how of referencing

Monday 27 November | 8pm

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.

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