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“The Open University filled a gap that a normal university wouldn’t”

Charlotte Bailey received excellent grades at GCSE level and was on track to receive a full scholarship from Yale University for their Young Global Scholars program. Sadly, when she began her A levels, Charlotte was a victim of severe bullying which came from both students and teachers. Her teachers did not support her in her university applications. This and the constant bullying resulted in Charlotte leaving school with no A level qualifications and no place at university.

Charlotte did not let this stop her from achieving her goals and undertook an internship in Switzerland writing for a UN organisation. Things started to look positive for Charlotte’s future when she found out there were options to gain a degree without A levels. She began studying with The Open University, focusing on education and childhood studies.

“Some people would expect distance learning to be quite difficult, but the OU makes it even better than studying at a traditional university because you have so much support behind you to make it flexible.”

The Open University gave Charlotte the confidence to study again. She has also been inspired to start a global studying community that is now active in over 62 countries. She has utilised the flexibility of The Open University and has currently paused her studies for a year to pursue a full-time job as an international anti-bullying speaker.

“It’s allowed me to build my own business, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Thankfully, it’s something that The Open University has always been able to support.”

About Author

Liz works in the Media Relations team within the Communications Unit at The Open University. She has over 15 years' marketing experience working across a range of sectors, from diamonds to shampoo. She has a BSc (Hons) in Management from UMIST. In her spare time, Liz is usually found on roller skates or off travelling, having adventures.

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