We’re on a mission to make a positive difference for all OU students. This is a mission we believe in and that we use to make all of our decisions.  

Our values and behaviour support this mission and are crucial in creating a positive space to engage with our members to ensure that, together, we’re acheiving our charitable objectives.  They represent what we value and who we are.  They make the student community one which every single OU student can engage with and feel at home. 

We work together. We genuinely care about each other, offering compassion and safety. Our best ideas, projects and events are born from truely listening to one another. We work collaboratively with integrity, openess, kindness and compassion.  
We celebrate our differences. We understand that we will never all agree. Some conversations are hard, but they need to be had.  So long as we share our individual perspectives respectfully and with acknowledgement for other's hardships, journeys and barriers, there is always something we can learn from one another. 

We are all involved because we’re driven to make a difference. To make this work, we must live our values and be aware of our behaviours (how we act).  How we behave not only paves the way for how we interact together, and how we make each other feel, but it shows others what is expected in our spaces and how we treat one another. 

By ensuring we all understand these expectations, we can operate harmoniously and achieve more. Together. Whether we are elected, selected, appointed, paid or just coming along for the laughs: we’re passionate about improving the future of the OU and Association for others. The behaviours we expect from one another are: 

  • To be honest and respectful in all our interactions
  • To build and nurture personal connections
  • To seek and value others contributions
  • To consider others, and model kindness through all interactions