Association of Open University Graduates

Introduction to AOUG

The AOUG is an international organisation benefiting graduates of the Open University. It is an independent organisation endorsed by the University and an incorporated body under the Companies Acts, with a democratically elected Executive Committee comprising five Officers and thirteen Representatives from each of the Open University's Regions and Nations. There are, additionally, members in Ireland, continental Europe and in Singapore.

Members meet regularly and enjoy a wide variety of educational, social and outdoor events. Further information on these can be found in the Regions and Nations section. Every member receives the Association's magazine, OMEGA. This covers Open University issues, academic articles, items by, and about, graduates and in-depth news of the Regions and Nations. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can join online using our secure membership form.

AOUG members are passionate about the Open University and their OU degree experience and want to share that passion with like-minded people whilst showing their gratitude to the OU by supporting it in any way possible.

The Association was formed in 1988 so is well established having evolved over many years. It is legally Incorporated and run by a democratically elected Executive Committee with Memorandum and Articles registered with Company House and Standing Orders for more detailed day to day procedures. We not only run the main Association company, Association of Open University Graduates Ltd., but also AOUG Trading Limited and our own charity AOUG Foundation for Education. The AOUG Foundation for Education, funded from members' donations and legacies, presents annual awards, nationally to OU research students and regionally to new graduates who have gained their degree despite adversity.

We are far more than just a club or society, although obviously our strong regional structure provides that fellowship by organising academic and social events.

In brief we are:

  • Unique - Subscription membership organisation exclusively for OU graduates
  • Independent - Independent of the OU whilst being endorsed by the OU
  • Democratic - Run by elected volunteer OU graduates in support of the OU
  • International, yet Regional - Supporting International members whilst offering UK members personal regional contact
  • A fellowship - Involvement at all levels in our communications and direction
  • Proven - Established in 1988 with the OU's approval and still self supporting