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This group is maintained on behalf of the Open University Students Assocation in Scotland.

We will use it to bring you news and information on what is happening within your Assocation. Please also feel free to use it to communicate with OUSA in Scotland and "meet" other OU students within Scotland.

OUSA in Scotland is governed by an elected Assembly of student representatives. Elections take place in late Summer each year (although 2011 may be a little later) and any OU student resident within Scotland is entitled to stand for election. In addition to our elected members we also have some observer members who generally are student representatives on OU in Scotland committees who have not stood for election to the Assembly.

Assembly leadership and administration is undertaken by an Executive which is also made up of elected student representatives. These elections take place concurrently with the main Assembly elections. We will bring you news of the next round of elections here once nominations open. As an OU student in Scotland, you could be part of our Assembly.

The OUSA in Scotland Assembly has the following functions:

  • to facilitate the representation of OU students at a local and national level within the Open University and Higher Education sector
  • to define national level OUSA policy 
  • to facilitate obtaining the widest possible student opinion and access to discussion and decision making in OUSA 
  • to provide an OUSA public face to OU events within Scotland (e.g. residential school, graduation)
  • to support local OUSA Groups and Networks within Scotland.

You can contact OUSA in Scotland on  executive@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk or visit our online fourms at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/resourcepage/view.php?id=566353.

Our websites http://www.ousa-in-scotland.org.uk or http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/ contain more information on OUSA.

You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114085388633021&v=wall.

Shetland students' social nights planned

Are you a student in Shetland? Shetland College is working in partnership with Shetland Arts to set up a weekly students' night in the Mareel Cafe-Bar, Lerwick, as a means for all students across Shetland to socialise.

Organisers want to hear from any students who would like to get actively involved in planning student nights at Mareel.

They hope to attract students from Shetland College, The Open University, NAFC, Adult Learning, Train Shetland and fifth/sixth year school students.

"With so many college students studying part-time, or through a community Learning Centre, these types of events are important because they bring the student body together," says organiser Greg McCarron.

"We are hoping to have our first committee meeting as soon as possible, so if you'd like to be part of it please get in touch."

For more information see Get involved in Mareel students' night or email greg.mccarron@uhi.ac.uk to register your interest.

 

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Are you a student in Shetland? Shetland College is working in partnership with Shetland Arts to set up a weekly students' night in the Mareel Cafe-Bar, Lerwick, as a means for all students across Shetland to socialise. Organisers want to hear from any students who would like to get actively involved in planning student nights at Mareel. They hope to attract students from Shetland ...

Be part of OUSA in Scotland

 

 

Would you like to be a part of OUSA in Scotland?
 
Elections to the OUSA Scottish Student Assembly are about to take place and you could be joining us. The OUSA Scottish Assembly consists of 32 O U students who have been elected by their fellow students to act as students' representatives. It's a great opportunity to have a say in how OUSA represents students' interests both within the University and externally to other bodies right up to Scottish Government level.
 
It's now time for our next round of elections and this is the opportunity for you to be part of the Assembly for the coming year.
 
Over the last 12 months the student Assembly has been involved in tasks such as running online surveys of student views, responding to Government consultations on the future of Higher Education, highlighting to M S Ps the current inequity of part-time students paying fees whilst full-time students receive free tuition and providing a student input into O U in Scotland meetings.
 
You can read more information on the work of OUSA in Scotland in our latest annual report at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discuss.php?d=983051 or see our website at http://www.ousa-in-scotland.org.uk/assembly.html.
 
What's in it for me?
  • Being part of the O U in Scotland student community
  • An opportunity to have a say in the policy of OUSA in Scotland and hence the student viewpoint that we represent to the O U
  • Experience for your C V
  • Networking with O U students from all walks of life
  • The chance to meet new people and make new friends
What Level of Commitment is Required?
As an Assembly Member you will be expected to attend the majority of its meetings. There are approximately 4 of these over the course of the year and attendance may either be at a face to face meeting or via remote online methods (whichever is most convenient for you). The face to face meetings take place on Saturdays at various venues across Scotland and travel expenses are paid, including essential overnight accommodation where required.
 
In between formal meetings the Assembly continues its activities by means of online forums. You will get more out of being an Assembly member if you are prepared to participate in these forums.
 
You will be expected to be a member of at least one Working Group. These Working Groups have been established to enable smaller groups of individuals to focus on particular aspects of the Assembly's work.
 
No previous experience of OUSA is required.
 
Standing for Election
Elections will open in early October. If you are interested please contact us on
executive@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk and we will send out the relevant information to you as soon as it becomes available or check back here after the 8th October.
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    Would you like to be a part of OUSA in Scotland?   Elections to the OUSA Scottish Student Assembly are about to take place and you could be joining us. The OUSA Scottish Assembly consists of 32 O U students who have been elected by their fellow students to act as students' representatives. It's a great opportunity to have a say in how OUSA represents students' interests ...

Online delivery survey results

Earlier this year, OUSA in Scotland ran a survey of student views on the OU's move towards more online delivery of our module materials.

You can view the final report on the results of this survey on our forums at

http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discuss.php?d=1099692

OUSA in Scotland will be making this report available to the wider OU community in due course.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey.

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Earlier this year, OUSA in Scotland ran a survey of student views on the OU's move towards more online delivery of our module materials. You can view the final report on the results of this survey on our forums at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discuss.php?d=1099692 OUSA in Scotland will be making this report available to the wider OU community in due course. Thank you to everyone ...

New financial support for OU students in Scotland

The Scottish Government has recently announced significant changes to the part-time fee grant which means more OU students will be able to benefit and to a greater extent.

OUSA in Scotland welcomes this annoucement especially the news that the minimum level of study to qualify is to be reduced to 30 credits. This is a particular request that OUSA in Scotland made to the Scottish Government during two consultations "Smarter Scotland" and "Putting Learners at the Centre".

There are still a number of areas that need clarified and OUSA in Scotland will be seeking further information from the Government.

The following text is from the OU in Scotland's email that was sent out to all current students.


Changes to the Part-Time Fee Grant for 2013:

The Scottish Government has announced changes to the Part-Time Fee Grant which will come into effect from September 2013. The main changes are:
- the current income threshold will be changed from £22,000 to £25,000
- students studying 30 credits or more will be able to apply for a Part-Time Fee Grant.

The Scottish Government announcement is available here:
http://engageforeducation.org/2012/08/scottish-student-support-announcement/
Further information on the changes to the Part-Time Fee Grant will be available in due course from the Student Awards Agency Scotland:
http://www.saas.gov.uk/


Part-Time Fee Waiver:
The Open University understands that from September 2013, the Student Awards Agency Scotland will administer the Part-Time Fee Waiver Scheme and that there have been no changes to the scheme.


Fees at The Open University in Scotland for academic year 2012-13:
Tuition fees in Scotland this year are the same for both the current and the restructured undergraduate qualifications, and are expected to remain at very similar levels as before, with only small inflationary increases. For more information about ways to pay go to
http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/qualification/ways-to-pay/index.htm

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The Scottish Government has recently announced significant changes to the part-time fee grant which means more OU students will be able to benefit and to a greater extent. OUSA in Scotland welcomes this annoucement especially the news that the minimum level of study to qualify is to be reduced to 30 credits. This is a particular request that OUSA in Scotland made to the ...

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OUSA election results

Elections Results

The Returning Officer has declared the following results:

Position: Candidate Yes No Declaration
President Marianne Cantieri 240 16 Elected
Deputy President Ruth Tudor 233 24 Elected
Vice President Administration David Humble 234 26 Elected
Vice President Communications Hazel Pegg 209 52 Elected
Vice President Education Policy Sandra Summers 236 22 Elected
Vice President Educational Support & Research Jon Rainford 239 23 Elected
Vice President Representation Nik Morris 239 25 Elected
Vice President Student Support Alison Kingan 236 24 Elected
Student OU Council Member Carey Shaw 234 30 Elected
Student Trustee (non CEC Member) Joan Jones 210 50 Elected
Student Trustee (non CEC Member) Mal Morris 187 76 Elected
Student Trustee (SAR) Peter Cowan 217 18 Elected
Student Trustee (SAR) Nick Watts 213 21 Elected

 

Results of Elections for Central Executive Committee (C E C) Members for Students Association Representatives

 

C E C Member for: Candidate No. of Ballots Issued For Against Declaration
London & South East Peter Cowan 238 90 6 Elected
West Midlands & North West Nick Watts 183 61 7 Elected
Yorkshire & the North Wendy White 102 42 3 Elected
Wales Sue Goodyear 54 30 2 Elected
Scotland Mark Cameron 112 39 8 Elected
Southern Europe Lorraine Adams 47 31 2 Elected
Northern Europe Simone Berger 43 18 3 Elected
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Elections Results The Returning Officer has declared the following results: Position: Candidate Yes No Declaration President Marianne Cantieri 240 16 Elected Deputy President Ruth ...

Changes to ILA 200 funding

ILA 200 - Important changes

Changes to the ILA 200 scheme have recently been announced which may affect some OU students.

From July 2012 the following students will no longer be able to benefit from the ILA 200 scheme:

Students who already hold a degree of a UK university (or overseas equivalent)

Students who are also studying elsewhwere at Secondary, Further or Higher Education level, either part-time or full-time. This includes YASS students and students studying for HNCs who are also studying OU modules to top up their HNC.

Students who are on the modern apprenticeship scheme

 

The changes come into affect from the start of July so if you are planning using ILA 200 in the coming year you need to apply (or renew your account) NOW. The ILA people have advised that applications that arrive in their office by the 29th June will be assessed under the old criteria but any applications received after that date will be assessed under the new criteria.

 

You can find further information on ILA 200 on the website at

http://www.ilascotland.org.uk

although be aware that it has not yet been updated to take into account the above information.

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ILA 200 - Important changes Changes to the ILA 200 scheme have recently been announced which may affect some OU students. From July 2012 the following students will no longer be able to benefit from the ILA 200 scheme: Students who already hold a degree of a UK university (or overseas equivalent) Students who are also studying elsewhwere at Secondary, Further or Higher Education level, ...

Final Call for OUSA Assembly members for 2012/12

Are you interested in being a part of OUSA in Scotland (or indeed in any other nation or region)?

Would you like to be a part of OUSA in Scotland?

Elections to the OUSA Scottish Student Assembly are about to take place and you could be joining us. The OUSA Scottish Assembly consists of 32 O U students who have been elected by their fellow students to act as students' representatives. It's a great opportunity to have a say in how OUSA represents students' interests both within the University and externally to other bodies right up to Scottish Government level.

It's now time for our next round of elections and this is the opportunity for you to be part of the Assembly or even it's Executive over the next 12 months commencing in August.

What is the Assembly?

The Assembly has the following functions:

  • to facilitate the representation of O U students at a local and national level within the Open University and Higher Education sector
  • to define national level OUSA policy
  • to facilitate obtaining the widest possible student opinion and access to discussion and decision making in OUSA
  • to provide an OUSA public face at O U events within Scotland (e.g. residential school, graduation)
  • to support local OUSA Groups within Scotland.

Over the last 12 months the Assembly has been involved in tasks such as running online surveys of student views, responding to Government consultations on the future of Higher Education, highlighting to M S Ps the current inequity of part-time students paying fees whilst full-time students receive free tuition and providing a student input into O U in Scotland meetings.

Assembly leadership and administration is undertaken by an Executive which is made up of 6 elected student representatives.

You can read more information on the work of OUSA in Scotland in our latest annual report at http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/discuss.php?d=983051 or see our website at http://www.ousa-in-scotland.org.uk/assembly.html.

What Level of Commitment is Required?

As an Assembly Member you will be expected to attend the majority of its meetings. There are approximately 4 of these over the course of the year and attendance may either be at a face to face meeting or via remote online methods (whichever is most convenient for you). The face to face meetings take place on Saturdays at various venues across Scotland and travel expenses are paid, including essential overnight accommodation where required.

In between formal meetings the Assembly continues its activities by means of online forums. You will get more out of being an Assembly member if you are prepared to participate in these forums.

You will be expected to be a member of at least one Working Group. These Working Groups have been established to enable smaller groups of individuals to focus on particular aspects of the Assembly's work. The current working groups are:

Education and Academic Affairs

Student Support

Finance and Events

Communications

Website and Technology Development

Being part of the Assembly Executive will require a greater level of commitment. You will need to participate in an online forum on a fairly regular basis as this is where most of the Executive's work is done and decisions are made. You may also be asked to take the lead with one of the above Working Groups.

What's in it for me?

  • Being part of the O U in Scotland student community
  • An opportunity to have a say in the policy of OUSA in Scotland and hence the student viewpoint that we represent to the O U
  • Experience for your C V
  • Networking with O U students from all walks of life
  • The chance to meet new people and make new friends

Standing for Election

Standing for election to the Assembly or Executive is a simple process. Click here http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/regions_nations.php for more details and to obtain a nomination form.

You will be given the opportunity to provide a short election address. Although this is not compulsory we would recommend that you do complete this section as most of the people voting for you will not know anything about you. You can use the election address to provide information on your O U student experience, other experience you have that is relevant or just to express your views on how you would like OUSA in Scotland to progress. Return the form to the office no later than 6th June.

That's all there is to it. No hustings, standing up giving speeches or having to deal with questions from the voters. Voting is administered by our office staff and usually takes place online (occasionally postal voting may be used). All O U students registered in Scotland are entitled to have a vote in the elections provided they ask to be included on the electoral register.

If you would like an informal chat about what is involved, please feel free to contact us on executive@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk.

 

 

 

Details of the elections and nomination forms are available for download from

http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/regions_nations.php

 

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Are you interested in being a part of OUSA in Scotland (or indeed in any other nation or region)? Would you like to be a part of OUSA in Scotland? Elections to the OUSA Scottish Student Assembly are about to take place and you could be joining us. The OUSA Scottish Assembly consists of 32 O U students who have been elected by their fellow students to act as students' ...

OUSA CEC elections

O U S A Central Executive Committee Elections

Nominations are now open for elections to OUSA's Central Executive Committee.

This committee includes the officers of the Association i.e. the President, Deputy President and Vice Presidents along with representatives for geographical areas. This includes the Student Association Representative (S A R) for Scotland. The S A R for Scotland acts as a communication channel between O U S A centrally and the Scottish Assembly / Executive (of which they are an ex-officio member) and ensures the proper representation of O U S A members with Scotland.

The committee meets 3 times a year at weekends in Milton Keynes (accommodation provided and travel expenses paid). Positions on the C E C are now elected for a 24 month term of office.

The election process for the C E C is slightly different from the Assembly. As well as completing the nomination form you will also have to obtain the support of 4 other students for your nomination. All candidates will be invited to participate in hustings enabling voters to ask questions of them. In the case of the S A R for Scotland this will take place online by means of forum so all questions will be asked and responded to in writing. In the case of the Association Officers there will also be Live Hustings at the forthcoming O U S A Conference in June.

If you would be interested in standing for election for a position on the Central Executive Committee please contact ousa-elections@open.ac.uk for a nomination pack or download one from http://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/subpage/view.php?id=380. For more information on all the positions available please see our website at http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/officers.php. For an informal chat about the S A R Scotland position please contact us on ousa-ecm-scotland@open.ac.uk.

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O U S A Central Executive Committee Elections Nominations are now open for elections to OUSA's Central Executive Committee. This committee includes the officers of the Association i.e. the President, Deputy President and Vice Presidents along with representatives for geographical areas. This includes the Student Association Representative (S A R) for Scotland. The S A R for Scotland acts ...

The OU's move to Online Delivery - views of Scottish students wanted

We are all affected by the O U's increasing use of the internet to deliver our module materials and resources. For some of us this is a welcome move but for others it is problematic and an increasing source of study stress. Perhaps you struggle with a slow broadband connection, find the cost of printing prohibitive or just miss receiving glossy module books.
Last year, O U S A in Scotland ran an online poll on the O U's social network site Platform asking whether students welcomed the move to online delivery of module materials. The results were rather surprising with 76% of respondents saying no, 18% saying yes and the remaining 6% saying it made no difference. This gives us a very clear message that a majority of students are not happy about this trend. What we don't know, however, is the reasons why. We can make a guess but what we really need is to hear from as many students in Scotland as possible as to what you like or don't like about online delivery.
We have put together a short online survey which will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Please help us by registering and completing this survey at
We need as wide a range of views as possible so please help us by sharing your experiences (good and bad). The anonymous results from the survey will be used to produce a paper highlighting our findings that will be submitted to the O U in Scotland through its formal consultation process.
If you would like to contact us with your views, outwith the structure of the survey, please do so on executive@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk. If you are unable to complete the online survey (perhaps due to internet access problems) then get in touch either by email and we will send you a paper copy of the survey which you can return by post.
As this survey is being run by O U S A in Scotland please only respond if you are a student registered in Scotland. Students outwith Scotland who wish to comment on this issue should do so via OUSA in their own nation or region.

 

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We are all affected by the O U's increasing use of the internet to deliver our module materials and resources. For some of us this is a welcome move but for others it is problematic and an increasing source of study stress. Perhaps you struggle with a slow broadband connection, find the cost of printing prohibitive or just miss receiving glossy module books. Last year, O U S A in ...

Register your interest for new and improved OUSA conference

This year's conference organised by the Open University Student Association (OUSA) is getting a makeover - and students are invited to register their interest in attending.

The conference is expected to host up to 400 students at the OU campus in Milton Keynes from 22 to 24 June 2012, with the same number again taking part in a related online event.

Also this year, for the first time a large part of the weekend is being devoted to student-focused activities including workshops, presentations, lectures, debates, seminars and discussion groups, both at the face-to-face event and in the online arena. There will also be ample time for students to socialise.

OUSA logo
OUSA President Marianne Cantieri said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for more OUSA members than ever before to help decide on their student leaders and to have a say in other important decisions about their association and their university.

“Although we’re saving plenty of places (within both arenas) for students who already take an active part in OUSA, we’re encouraging those who haven’t been involved before to apply for the many places reserved especially for them. We expect there to be a large take up of these places and the Students Association will be meeting all accommodation and catering costs for the face to face event as well as reasonable travel expenses.”

Registration for OUSA Conference 2012, (both face-to-face and online) doesn’t open until six weeks prior to the event,  but students are asked to register their interest and will be included on a mailing list about how they can apply for a place when the time comes. To get on the mailing list, send your name and student number to  s.j.carter@open.ac.uk. Please include your region or nation and state if you are interested in attending the face-to-face event or the online version.

“After this year, the conference timetable changes and it will become a biennial event so it won’t be until 2014 that this fantastic opportunity for O U Students will be offered again,” added Marianne Cantieri.

You can also follow OUSA on Twitter for updates.




 

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This year's conference organised by the Open University Student Association (OUSA) is getting a makeover - and students are invited to register their interest in attending. The conference is expected to host up to 400 students at the OU campus in Milton Keynes from 22 to 24 June 2012, with the same number again taking part in a related online event. Also this year, for the first time a large ...

OUSA Edinburgh Social Group - pub night

3rd April – Edinburgh Social Group
 
Regular pub nights on the first Tuesday of each month at Milne’s Bar.  
Milne’s Bar, Hanover Street (access from Rose Street) in the upstairs ground level bar (fully accessible – no stairs) from 6pm onwards.
 
Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com for more information.
 

 

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3rd April – Edinburgh Social Group   Regular pub nights on the first Tuesday of each month at Milne’s Bar.   Milne’s Bar, Hanover Street (access from Rose Street) in the upstairs ground level bar (fully accessible – no stairs) from 6pm onwards.   Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com for more information.     contact:  ...

OUSA Scottish Islands Group meet up

28th January – Scottish Islands Group (Skye)
 
 Informal meet up for coffee and chat at the Aros Centre, Portree at 11am. Contact Jane js23992@my.open.ac.uk for more details.
 
It is hoped that this will become a regular event for students on Skye.

 

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28th January – Scottish Islands Group (Skye)    Informal meet up for coffee and chat at the Aros Centre, Portree at 11am. Contact Jane js23992@my.open.ac.uk for more details.   It is hoped that this will become a regular event for students on Skye.   contact:  Jane js23992@my.open.ac.uk ...

Be a Student Rep for a day

Would you like to be a student representative for a day? OUSA (Open University Students Association) in Scotland is currently seeking volunteer students to attend a meeting with the Open University to represent student views.

The meeting, known as Scottish Committee, is an annual event which will be taking place on Saturday 17th March in Edinburgh. As well as students, there will also be senior support and academic staff of the University and representatives of Associate Lecturers. Student representatives attend the meeting to give a student perspective on the items under discussion and are encouraged to take a full part in the meeting.

OUSA is entitled to send one student to represent each OU catchment area (there are 36 geographic catchment areas within Scotland). Would you like to be one of these 36 students?  You would need to be available for an all day (approximately 10am to 4pm) meeting in Edinburgh for which reasonable travel / accommodation expenses are paid. You also need to "belong" to the catchment area you are representing. This does not mean that you must be resident within the actual town, just allocated to it by the O U.

As well as attending the meeting you will need to allow a couple of hours about a week in advance of the meeting to read the meeting papers. You are also encouraged to discuss the papers in an online environment with your fellow student representatives prior to the meeting.

As yet we do not know what will be on the agenda. However we do expect the O U in Scotland's Strategic Plan to be a major item. Other topics that have been discussed in the past include postgraduate provision, science degrees and virtual tutorials. The meeting is usually in two distinct parts: one part being the business meeting and the other part being focused on small group workshop sessions.

If you would like to be the student rep for your catchment area please contact OUSA in Scotland by the 31st January on executive@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk quoting your PI number and catchment area* (essential), and include a couple of sentences as to why you would like the opportunity to attend this meeting. In the event of there being more than one applicant for any catchment area the O U S A in Scotland Executive will make a decision based on this statement.

This is a one-off meeting and no further commitment will be required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

* if you are unsure of your catchment area, this information is available from the profile section of your Student Home page or contact the O U office in Edinburgh.

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Would you like to be a student representative for a day? OUSA (Open University Students Association) in Scotland is currently seeking volunteer students to attend a meeting with the Open University to represent student views. The meeting, known as Scottish Committee, is an annual event which will be taking place on Saturday 17th March in Edinburgh. As well as students, there will also ...

Putting Learners at the Centre - the Scottish Government's consultation on post-16 education


The OUSA Scottish Assembly, following the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on “Putting Learners at the Centre " Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education” discussed in depth the impact of the proposals at its meeting in November 2011 and online on the OUSA Scottish Assembly online forums, and agreed that this is a major consultation exercise by the Scottish Government that required OUSA in Scotland to make a formal response. This follows from the Scottish Government’s earlier consultation on “Building a Smarter Future: Towards a Sustainable Scottish Solution for the Future of Higher Education” to which the Scottish Assembly made a response in March 2011, and followed up with an ‘Election Manifesto’ in May 2011 during the Scottish Parliament elections in 2011.

The OUSA Scottish Assembly feel that this is a turning point for Post-16 Education in Scotland and that OUSA’s experience in part-time and distance learning higher education makes it a leader in representing this group of students, and as such any change in Post-16 Education needs the voice of students who have experience of non conventional educational pathways.

George Macfarlane, OUSA Scottish Executive Member, stated “While our response to the Scottish Government consultation is looking to the future, we are also looking for parity between institutions, to ensure a level playing field. Open University students are already discriminated against by the system, as our University is funded on completions rather than number of students registered " unlike other institutions. Part-time students, irrelevant of institution, have to pay up-front fees, full time students do not.”

George went on to say “The OUSA Scottish Assembly are fully aware that some of their recommendations may not be palatable with politicians, or even the Higher Education system in Scotland, but as the leading student association in Scotland representing part-time and distance learning students, the Assembly feel that it is now time to raise the standard and ensure that the needs and wishes of part time and distance learners are fully heard by politicians and the wider higher education environment. "

 

Read OUSA's submission to the Scottish Government

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The OUSA Scottish Assembly, following the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on “Putting Learners at the Centre " Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education” discussed in depth the impact of the proposals at its meeting in November 2011 and online on the OUSA Scottish Assembly online forums, and agreed that this is a major consultation ...

Help stop the cuts in the Open University

 

Due to a change in policy by the Westminster Government the OU is about to lose the substantial amount of public funding that it currently receives via the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Fortunately the OU in Scotland receives its public funding from the Scottish Government and students in Scotland will not be subject to the trebling of fees that is about to hit undergraduate OU students in England. However, the University as a whole is losing its biggest source of income and the implications of this will be devastating and wide-ranging for us all.

The University and Colleges Union (UCU) have organised an E-petition on the HM Government website calling on the Government to reverse its policy. The Open University Students Association (OUSA) fully supports this petition and urges all OU students (past, present and future) along with their friends and family to sign this petition. If you care about your University and believe that higher education should be open to all, please follow the link below to sign the petition.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22316

2.25
Average: 2.3 (4 votes)

  Due to a change in policy by the Westminster Government the OU is about to lose the substantial amount of public funding that it currently receives via the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Fortunately the OU in Scotland receives its public funding from the Scottish Government and students in Scotland will not be subject to the trebling of fees that is ...

Fees for students in Scotland

OU course fees for students in Scotland

The OU has announced that fees for 2012/13 for undergraduate students in Scotland will only be subject to the usual annual inflationary rise. This will apply to both current and new students.

This is very good news for Scotland's OU students and is welcomed by OUSA.

Further information is available on the OU website at

http://www8.open.ac.uk/study/explained/fees-2012

or read OUSA's statement at

http://news.kmi.open.ac.uk/rostra/news.php?r=82&t=2&id=174

 

We are still awaiting an announcement regarding postgraduate fees.

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Average: 2 (5 votes)

OU course fees for students in Scotland The OU has announced that fees for 2012/13 for undergraduate students in Scotland will only be subject to the usual annual inflationary rise. This will apply to both current and new students. This is very good news for Scotland's OU students and is welcomed by OUSA. Further information is available on the OU website ...

OUSA in Scotland Student Groups' events and activities

OUSA in Scotland has a number of informal student groups that organise social get togethers for students.The following events and activities are taking place during late November / December

16th November       Edinburgh Social Group pub night at Milne’s Bar, Rose St from 6pm onwards. Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com.

26th November       Scottish Islands Student Group meet up on Skye. Contact Jane js23992@my.open.ac.uk for details of time and venue.

3rd December         Scottish Islands Student Group meet up at the Woodlands Cafe, Stornoway from 3pm. Contact Jane js23992@my.open.ac.uk.

3rd December         South West Scotland Student Group informal meet up at L&M’s Lounge Bar, Bath Place, Ayr from 2pm – 4:30pm. Contact George sws@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk

6th December         Edinburgh Social Group pub night at Milne’s Bar, Rose St from 6pm onwards. Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com.

14th December       Edinburgh Social Group evening visit (6pm) to Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com.

 

Please see the OUSA in Scotland group http://www8.open.ac.uk/platform/group/open-university-students-association-in-scotland for more information on these events.

 

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Average: 2.2 (11 votes)

OUSA in Scotland has a number of informal student groups that organise social get togethers for students.The following events and activities are taking place during late November / December 16th November       Edinburgh Social Group pub night at Milne’s Bar, Rose St from 6pm onwards. Contact Kitty kittyjohnstone@yahoo.com. 26th ...

South West Scotland Student meet up

South West Scotland Student Network

Calling on all students who reside in Ayrshire and Arran or Dumfries and Galloway. The South West Scotland Student Network wants to hear your views, to allow us to ensure that those of us who stay in the area are fully represented within our University.

The Group has an online forum http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=591534 where everyone will be most welcome. In addition it is planned to have a face to face meeting to tie in with St Andrews Day on Saturday 3rd December (yes, we know it’s 30th November!) at L&M’s Lounge Bar, Bath Place Ayr from 2pm – 4:30pm, so come along and have a break from that Christmas shopping.

For more info, email sws@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk

contact: 
George sws@ousa-in-scotland.org.uk
start date: 
Saturday, 3 December, 2011 - 14:00

South West Scotland Student Network Calling on all students who reside in Ayrshire and Arran or Dumfries and Galloway. The South West Scotland Student Network wants to hear your views, to allow us to ensure that those of us who stay in the area are fully represented within our University. The Group has an online forum http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=591534 where everyone ...

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Do you welcome the OU's move towards delivering module (course) materials online instead of hard copy?

Yes
18% (47 votes)
No
76% (197 votes)
It makes no difference to me
6% (15 votes)
Total votes: 259

Yes 18% (47 votes) No 76% (197 votes) It makes no difference to me 6% (15 votes) Total votes: 259