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The Open University and Uber

Driven by opportunity

Uber and The Open University are partnering to help drivers or a family member reach their goals on and off the road.

Uber Rides Pro status

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Blue

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Gold

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Platinum

100% course fee coverage for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, short courses and microcredentials

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Diamond

100% course fee coverage for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, short courses and microcredentials

We support the ambitions of drivers or their families

This partnership provides you or a family member the opportunity to access a high-quality education to help you get ahead in life.

Being able to work and learn flexibly is an essential part of unlocking economic opportunity. The Open University specialises in online flexible courses, allowing people to balance their studies around their other commitments of work and family.

Flexible work, flexible education

The Open University and Uber partnership will allow you or a family member to take a fully funded postgraduate or undergraduate degree-level course, or upskill with othera short courses. Just as Uber allows you to work to their own timetable, The Open University offers courses that can be completed flexibly. It’s perfect for people looking to find new opportunities or upskill in between other commitments.

Study an Open University degree

Online learning might be different to how you’ve studied in the past, but there will be similarities, too. With OU distance learning, you’ll have study materials, an online study portal, a dedicated tutor, student forums, learning events and more.

Before you check your eligibility, take a look at what the OU can offer you. Choose from hundreds of qualifications and modules. You can also speak to an adviser to find out more about these and what studying with the OU entails.

Upskill with a short course

As well as Open University undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, you can also study one of our microcredentials or short courses. These online courses are designed to help you to develop your skills quickly, whether that’s to get ahead in your career, fill a skills gap, or to follow a personal passion

Click the button below to check your eligibility to study with the OU – 100% course fees funded by Uber.

Please don’t register on the OU website.

Are you eligible?

Uber Pro status

Access to The Open University comes as a benefit to you in the Uber Pro customer loyalty program. If you are enrolled in the Uber Pro program, and have platinum or diamond status, then this benefit is available to you. Learn more here

Lifetime Trips

You must have completed 1,000 lifetime trips on the Uber platform.

A Family Member

You have the option to transfer this reward to one eligible family member.

Drivers or eligible family members can now have access to flexible education with 100% course fees covered by Uber

The OU's mission

We’re experts in distance learning and online courses, having already helped over 2 million people reach their potential. Our flexible learning is respected by employers and is easy to fit around your other commitments.

The Open University’s mission: open to people, places, methods and ideas, sets us apart from other universities around the world. The OU alumni and current student community is a movement of millions. We are enormously proud to promote educational opportunity and social justice.

Getting Started

Where you start in life shouldn’t limit where you go. If you’re determined to succeed and prepared to work hard then we can help you get started.

The main reason we are called The Open University is that we are open to everyone. There are no formal academic entry requirements, we are open to all. Our students are diverse, 30% of our new students are under 25, yet our oldest are still studying in their 90’s. Every year we help thousands of people achieve extraordinary things.

Opportunity built around your schedule

Uber is offering you a way to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, microcredential or short course, by providing 100% course fee coverage.* You can also study free courses on The Open University’s OpenLearn platform.

Open University courses are delivered online and are designed to be flexible around your schedule, so you can choose to study when and where you like.

Pay it forward

We know how your family is important to you, and we want to provide your family members with access to the same opportunities.

You can choose to transfer this offer of access to high-quality education to one family member.

*Further details on this offer

Your Uber Pro status determines what types of course you can study under the Uber and OU partnership. If you are a driver who has achieved a diamond or platinum status through the Uber Pro programme in the United Kingdom, and have completed 1,000 or more trips on the Uber platform you are eligible for the following:

  • Diamond and platinum status drivers: drivers or a nominated family member are eligible to study 60 credits per academic year towards an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree, microcredential, or a short course.
  • Qualifying drivers have the option to transfer this reward to an eligible family member, including a spouse or domestic partner, child or dependent, sibling, or parent or legal guardian.

*UberPro is made available at Uber’s discretion and Uber may change or cancel UberPro at any time.

Drivers or eligible family members can now have access to flexible education with 100% course fees covered by Uber

Free courses for all

Even if you are not currently eligible for this funded programme, there are nearly 1000 courses on OpenLearn, all of which are currently free to study. Courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

Your questions answered

Who is eligible for 100% course fee coverage?

Uber Partner-Drivers who have achieved Platinum or Diamond status through the Uber Pro program in the UK, and have completed 1,000 or more lifetime trips are eligible to receive 60 credits per academic year of full course fee coverage for online courses and microcredentials at The Open University. Qualifying drivers have the option to transfer this reward to an eligible family member, including a spouse or domestic partner, child or dependent, sibling, or parent or legal guardian.

*UberPro is made available at Uber’s discretion and Uber may change or cancel UberPro at any time.

Is my family member eligible?

Is my family member eligible?

To help the people you care about most pursue their dreams, qualified drivers can transfer the reward to a family member. You and your family will not have to pay any course fees for that family member. Family members include:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Dependent
  • Parent or legal guardian
Can I nominate more than one family member?

No, only one family member is allowed to be nominated by a partner-driver.

Do I need to go through the eligibility check again if I am a continuing student?

Your Uber Pro Platinum and Diamond status is checked every 3 months, at 4 points during the year: January – March, April – June, July – September and October – December. To apply for a new module, short course or microcredential, you must submit your eligibility checks every time you apply. The same applies to any nominated family members.

How does course fee coverage work?

This isn’t student loan or a reimbursement; Uber covers your course/module fee upfront. Qualified drivers or their family member must be eligible when applying for a module, short course, or microcredential.

You can register for one 60 credits module, or one short course or microcredential at a time. After completion you can register for another one. Uber will once again cover the full course fee cost if the driver or a family member is eligible at the time of registration.

Any extra or additional costs are the responsibility of the qualified driver or their family member.

What happens if I lose my Uber Pro status?

If a partner driver loses their Uber Pro Platinum and Diamond status during the study, Uber will still cover the course/module cost. However, the driver must regain their status before applying for another funded module, short course or microcredential. The same rule applies to any nominated family members. If the driver that has nominated the family member loses their status, the family member cannot apply for another funded module, short course or microcredential until the driver has regained their status.

Can I create an OU Student record before I check my eligibility?

Yes. If you are considering studying an undergraduate degree, module, or short course, you need to ensure that the student (not the driver if they are not the intended student) has a student record which can be set up before the driver checks their eligibility for funding. This will not commit the student to studying with The Open University.

To do this, the student needs to contact Student Recruitment via phone or webchat. They will need to provide various details including their name, address, Date or Birth, e-mail address and nationality. Once a record has been created, the student will be issued with a Personal Identifier (PI) number which they must quote every time they contact us.

The student will need to indicate to the adviser that they are an Uber student.

Please note, if you are considering an Open University microcredential on FutureLearn, it is not necessary to create an OU student record before you check your eligibility. For more support about microcredentials, contact our Uber Registration Team: UBER-registration@open.ac.uk

Can I create an OU Student record before I check my eligibility?

Yes. If you are considering studying with The Open University, you need to ensure that the student (not the driver if they are not the intended student) has a student record. This can be set up before the driver checks their eligibility for funding. This will not commit the student to studying with The Open University.  

 To do this, contact Student Recruitment via phone or webchat. They will need to provide various details including their name, address, Date or Birth, e-mail address and nationality. After creating the record, the student will receive with a Personal Identifier (PI) number which they must quote every time they contact us.  

 The student will need to indicate to the adviser that they are an Uber student.  

Will I be issued with an Open University Computer Username (OUCU)?

Yes, you will. When your OU student record is created, you’ll receive an e-mail with your OUCU and temporary password.

Your OUCU will give you access to your Student Home, which will be your main access point to any communication and study related information for your postgraduate or undergraduate degree, module, or short course, as well as to qualification and module websites for your study.

If you are studying an Open University microcredential on FutureLearn, you will still be provided with an OUCU and access to Student Home, however learning and communications will be via the FutureLearn platform, and you will only need to access Student Home to submit your final assessment and view your results.

Can I count credit I have studied elsewhere towards an Open University qualification?

Yes, you can.  However, what you can count and how much credit you can be awarded will depend on what you have previously studied in relation to your chosen qualification.  You need to check this out before you register on a qualification with us as it could affect your module choice.  More information can be found here  http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/apply/credit-transfer

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