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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming

Learning Experience and Technology (LXT) contains teams which work together collaboratively to design, deliver, and manage a sustainable and unified end-to-end student experience of technology.

Within LXT we are looking to recruit three new, proactive Content Designers to support the OU’s goal of creating great online user experiences by designing inclusive, interesting and engaging content. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute your content design skills and experience to create and maintain help and guidance resources for OU students, and other users in a variety of topics. Applying user-centred design principles, you will analyse the needs of our users to produce engaging new content and reversion existing resources.

Although these opportunities are based in our Milton Keynes office, we are flexible on location with the understanding that these roles will require an onsite presence on an ad-hoc basis.

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Have proven experience of structuring and producing user-centred content for the online environment using a range of online techniques and media
  • Possess proven experience of analysing the needs of different audiences and producing content tailored to those needs
  • Can demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to express views and ideas both verbally and in writing
  • Have previous experience of line managing a small team
  • Have a relevant undergraduate degree/equivalent, or work experience at a comparable level

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description.

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

Colleagues’ wellbeing and development is at the forefront of our culture. We embrace diversity and recognise and reward our employees for the fantastic work they do. For more information about our people and wellbeing focus, please contact the Resourcing Hub.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: +44 (0)1908 655 544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: 19352, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Closing date: 31st January 2022, 12:00pm (midday)

Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT.

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role.

Once you have completed your application via the “APPLY NOW” link above, you can view your application communications on the Candidate portal

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions. 

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Widening Participation

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies which include family and carer friendly flexible working arrangements, and have many supportive staff networks and wellbeing services. We also endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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