The bit in bold was clearly an awful experience but I don't think it's reflective of the pastoral and disability support offered at most brick universities. I've never heard of anything like that happening before, it sounds like an isolated incident to be honest. To say "that's the sort of thing bricks do" is just not true.(Original post by princessmaire80)
I think the OP did say they have some health issues which could potentially make attending a brick uni difficult. I know personally the support I had from the OU with my disability issues was brilliant and whenever I had an issue I just had to pop over an email and someone would be right back- I’m at a brick uni now and although the support I get is okay when I can get it when I’m having a crisis a ten minute appointment 2 weeks next Thursday isn’t going to be much use! I can’t speak for all brick unis of course but the experience at the brick uni I’m at is fine if you’re 18 and able bodied but if you’re neither of those you’re stuffed.
I’m doing a very specific topic for my MA and although my supervisors are good again there is very little support. Fortunately- I’m okay with that, the OU has taught me how to get my head down and get on with it so I don’t need continual support.
Brick unis aren’t designed for those who need a lot of support or who have serious health issues- as I discovered at Nottingham Uni when i contracted an illness that led to cancer and was kicked off the course. I was told because it was a specific female cancer I had they couldn’t take it into account as they could only take into account conditions that an average student male or female could have- so if I had had something like leukaemia it would have been okay! The students union helped me mount a legal challenge on the grounds of gender discrimination which I won but this is the sort of things that brick unis do. Brick unis are not suitable for everyone- I’m looking at going back to the OU for my PhD as I really hate my brick uni so much. I only stay because it’s such a specific topic that I’m studying that I can’t find an equivalent in the OU. I know you say OU students overstate how good the OU is and if you want to think that then fine but I’m having such a horrible experience that frankly the OU is absolutely miles ahead!
The OU is a perfectly good option, and as I've said, the degree is well respect by employers, but I think the OP should explore all options. The OU might work for them, but so might other places.
... and the ones that won't