Association of Open University Graduates

History of Awards

The AOUG Foundation for Education

The AOUG Foundation for Education is a registered charity set up by the AOUG for the purpose of supporting the Open University by granting awards for students both nationally and in the regions. The Foundation aims to "Advance education by making grants to Open University graduates to assist them to undertake postgraduate research projects". The charity is funded by members' donations, covenants, legacies, gift aid and finally interest from our savings. We are always looking for ways in which to continue to fund our charity. If you can help please contact us.

Research Awards

AOUG Foundation for Education Research Awards are given annually to research students who are nominated by their Dean of Faculty or Head of Research Centre. The AOUG Foundation for Education Trustees select the candidates and students receive their Awards at Walton Hall.

The nine Awards are named after people who have played a significant role in the development of The Open University. Faculties and Research Centres may nominate a student for any of the offered Awards, irrespective of the subject area, provided that the student in question has some significant aspects of their research within that curriculum area.

Awards in the Regions and Nations

The AOUG offers Awards to graduates in the Regions and Nations who have gained their Degree while overcoming additional difficulties during the course of their studies. They must be nominated by another OU student, OU graduate or OU staff member, who knows of their difficulties. These Awards are advertised via OU Websites, through our Newsletters and via hand-outs at Degree Ceremonies. These Awards are presented locally.


The AOUG offers occasional Bursaries to recognise a research student in their final year and to assist them with funding to undertake additional related activities that would not normally be possible within their PHd work. This might be to attend conferences or publish papers or to carry out additional research. These have been in 2000, 2006, 2009 and then in 2013 to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of our Association it was decided that we should award a Bursary in honour of our Founder, Olga Camm, who had died in 2012. An appeal was launched and most of the money was raised by donations with the Foundation making up the difference.