Association of Open University Graduates


Members of AOUG organise events for each other on a national, regional or local basis. Most regions have local groups which arrange events within an easy travelling distance but they also have regional events at various venues around the region. There are in addition several interest groups who travel longer distances to meet for walking, visits to the theatre or other specialised activities.

Most AOUG events are free as part of your membership subscription but when rooms need to be booked, or speakers arranged, then admission fees are necessary. All AOUG members may attend any event in whichever region it occurs but it is always advisable to contact the organiser first so that they can be ready to meet you.

Although most events are officially restricted to members only, family and friends are always welcome as guests of members and there are regular events that are open to all, on payment of the appropriate fee, such as lectures and dinners.

National events arranged annually are the Annual General Meeting Weekend, the AOUG Foundation for Education Award Ceremony and the AOUG Foundation Lecture but other, one off, events may also be arranged.

See : Awards, AGM, Lectures, or Diary Dates for your chosen region.

Latest Events

2017 AGM at Darlington
The Association would like to remind you that there is still time to book for the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Social Weekend which is to take place at the Blackwell Grange Hotel Darlington on Saturday 20th May 2107. This promises to be an excellent weekend that combines Association work with meeting old and new friends. All OU graduates, OU students and friends and family welcome.

AOUG Degree Ceremony stands
AOUG is to host our own stands at the Degree Ceremony venues in London, Dublin, Cardiff, Belfast and Gateshead where a team of AOUG volunteers will ‘Meet and Greet’ new graduates and their friends and families and hand out AOUG information packs to new graduates and small free gifts to their children. All graduates attending these Ceremonies will have the opportunity to join AOUG on the day for a special half price offer of just £10.

2017 Foundation Lecture
The 2017 Annual Foundation Lecture is arranged for Friday 6th October at 2pm in the Michael Young Building, room 1 and 2 at 2pm. The speaker will be Tamsin Waterkeyn, winner of the 2016 AOUG Bursary who is to speak about her research project ‘The Socio- Cultural Impact of Globalisation and English in Saudi Arabia: A narrative Enquiry’. This is a ticket only event but ticket can be purchased for £10 per person from the AOUG Office 01908 653316 and this entitles attendees to join in the earlier celebrations of the presentation of Awards at 12 noon to OU Research students and then at 1pm to share a buffet lunch.