Sinn Féin Councillor Aileen Mellon has congratulated the Open University on its 50th anniversary.
The party’s local education spokesperson said:
“The Open University has made an important contribution to opening up access to education through part time and distance learning which allows people to get qualifications in a way that best suits their needs.
“Part-time education is vitally important in giving people the opportunity of increased access to education and allowing people to up-skill or retrain while continuing in their job.
“The Open University and its method of course delivery has given people the opportunity to improve their lives and job prospects, and to change their perceptions of themselves and the world around them.
“The role of distance learning is becoming more and more important in the increasingly technological world we live in and I wish the Open University and all its students the best for the future.