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FutureLearn thrilled to be announced Bett 2017 Award winner

On January 25th 2017, Bett announced FutureLearn as their winner of the Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources’ category.

Every year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology, Bett, celebrates the creativity and innovation present in the technology of today’s classrooms. Winners are selected based on the ICT support they provide in nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools and the success that their technology brings to these various classroom settings.

This year, FutureLearn’s ‘FutureLearn for Schools’ received the award for free Digital content/Open Education Resources. The initiative inspires students with free online learning courses from leading universities, giving students access to ideas, debates and resources to help improve critical thinking and learning skills, either to fuel their independent study, enrich their current curriculum or prepare themselves for university.

FutureLearn’s Head of Marketing, Neil Harvey said “We are thrilled to be a Bett 2017 Award winner; we are very proud of our FutureLearn for Schools initiative, to encourage students to learn independently and to give them a taste of the content they can expect from leading universities. We feel honoured to be standing alongside so many innovative institutions who are making such a positive impact in the UK EdTech sector today.”

Patrick Hayes, chair of judges for the Bett Awards said, “Well done to FutureLearn! With more outstanding entrants that ever before, it’s is a remarkable achievement. The global reputation of the Bett Awards means that FutureLearn, indeed all finalists, have an honour that is recognised and respected by educators across the world.”

Rachel Brodie, portfolio director at Ascential Events added: “I would like to congratulate the team at FutureLearn; its constant determination to achieve excellence in design, delivery and support helps to ensure that the outcomes for students across the world are the very best.”

Notes for Editors

About FutureLearn

“Pioneering the best social learning experiences for everyone anywhere”

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a social learning platform, designed to support learning through conversation. It offers 5.2 million learners free online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council, Creative Skillset and European Space Agency. FutureLearn is an international platform with over 75% of its users based outside of the UK.

About Bett

Celebrating its 33 rd anniversary in 2017, Bett has evolved into the world’s leading event for learning technology, with a broader remit than ever before. Covering the breadth of lifelong learning, the event brings together more than 35,000 industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures to share ideas inspiration on how to support learning together through technology. Bett 2017 will run over four days from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 January at ExCeL London. For more information, please visit

About BESA

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing more than 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Niamh O’Grady, Senior Communications Manager, FutureLearn


Rachel MacPherson, PR Executive, FutureLearn


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