We have some fantastic competitions & prize draws for you to win amazing prizes over Freshers across lots of events and activities!

There will be a Passport Bingo Prize Draw (for each key session you attend, you can collect one entry to the prize draw), a Writing Competition, Quiz, Bingo and much more!

To be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, see below for information on each competition, how to enter and the T&Cs.

All opening and closing times for competitions are in GMT.

Use these links to navigate to the competition or prize draw you're interested in:

 

Passport Bingo Prize Draw

At each of our five key sessions listed below, a secret word or phrase will be released. Each secret word or phrase is one entry to this awesome prize draw, where you could be in with a chance of winning an iPad!* Entrants must submit at least one and up to five of the secret words or phrases revealed in the key Passport Bingo sessions - the more sessions you attend, the more entries you can get (maximum of five)!

The key sessions are:

Opens at 7pm (GMT) on Tuesday 25 January 2022 and closes at 11pm (GMT) on Monday 7 February 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Link to submit entries coming soon.

 

Study Buddy Prize Draw

In order to take part in this free prize draw for a chance to win a bundle worth £50 from the OU Students Shop*, entrants must:

  1. Submit a photograph of your number 1 study helper (this could be a piece of stationery, a pet, some decoration on your desk, a favourite snack, etc) – either in reply to our Twitter or Facebook posts promoting the Study Buddy Photography Prize Draw, or by email to oustudents-community@open.ac.uk.
  2. Sign-up to our monthly newsletter.

Opens at 12 noon (GMT) on Thursday 27 January 2022 and closes at 11pm on Monday 7 February 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

 

Bingo!

Join us for a fun game of Bingo, from 7pm - 8.30pm on Friday 28 January 2022. With prizes* to be won and new friends to meet, this is one not to be missed!  We will play three games, and your online Bingo card will be generated automatically by clicking on the link for each game (game links, and the link to join the session, can be found on the forum by clicking on 'Join the session' below).

Opens at 7pm (GMT) on Friday 28 January 2022 and closes at 8.30pm (GMT) on Friday 28 January 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Join the session

 

International Students Quiz

Join us for a fun quiz with an International spin and a great chat, on Saturday 29 January 2022 from 2pm – 3.30pm (GMT). There is also an OU Mug* up for grabs for each member of the winning quiz team!

Opens at 2pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 January 2022 and closes at 3.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 January 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Join the session

 

Grandparents Club Quiz

Join Grandparents Club for a general knowledge quiz with a prize* for the winner, from 7.30pm - 8.30pm on Saturday 29 January 2022.

Opens at 7.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 January 2022 and closes at 8.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 January 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Join the session

 

Quiz Night

Join us for Quiz Night, from 7.30pm - 9pm on Saturday 5 February 2022. With prizes* on offer and fellow OU students to meet, don’t miss out on the Quiz Night!

Opens at 7.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 5 February 2022 and closes at 9pm (GMT) on Saturday 5 February 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Join the session

 

Feedback Survey Prize Draw

We'd love to hear your feedback on Freshers Fortnight. By filling in the survey, you could be in with a chance of winning one of two Amazon Kindles*!

The survey opens at 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 3 February 2022 and closes at 11pm (GMT) on Sunday 13 February 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Link to complete the survey coming soon.

 

Freshers Writing Competition

To be in with a chance of winning items from the OU Students Shop (worth £100 for first place, £50 for second place and £25 for third place)*, why not take part in our Writing Competition?

We’re looking for an article, poem or creative writing piece of up to 1000 words on the theme ‘culture’. You could share a story on your culture to share with others, or you could write about another culture that you’ve experienced, or perhaps you have experienced ‘culture shock’ when moving to a new place. Interpret the theme how you wish! This competition is open to all but we particularly encourage international students to take part and share their writing.

Entries must be submitted to oustudents-community@open.ac.uk, either within the text of an email or attached to the email as a Word Document. Please don’t include your name or PI number on the document as entries will be judged anonymously.

The competition opens at 12 noon (GMT) on Sunday 6 February 2022 and closes at 11pm (GMT) on Sunday 27 February 2022.

*Read the T&Cs

Submit your entry