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The Open University in Scotland

Providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential

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About us

The Open University in Scotland is the leading provider of part-time higher education in Scotland. 

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Study

Every year, we help thousands of ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. Find out more about our courses and qualifications, and what it’s like to study with us.
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Partnerships

We work with schools, employers, unions, community groups and other learning providers to widen access to education across Scotland.
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Latest news

Call for Expressions of Interest - Funded places to study Capacities for Managing Development
The Open University in Scotland is pleased to offer a limited number of funded places on Capacities for Managing Development, one of the modules within the University’s highly acclaimed postgraduate Development Management Programme. 
Open University top for student satisfaction in Scotland
The Open University has been rated top for student satisfaction in Scotland in the 2015 National Student Survey.
Long lost love re-discovered – in Fringe Festival play by OU student
Playwright and performer C.R. Giles, aged 31, is bringing her new one-woman, one-act play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, thanks to her creative writing studies with The Open University. 
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Research

The Open University had 72% of its research assessed as 3 or 4 star in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (2014). The high rating indicates that the research undertaken by the OU is world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality, impact and environment.

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Events

Find out more about our events including conferences, seminars and lectures. To learn more about our courses, find an information event near you.
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