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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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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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We work with schools, employers, unions, community groups and other learning providers to widen access to education across Scotland.
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College partnership offers a degree of success
A former college student has achieved a 2:1 degree despite initially dropping out of university, thanks to The Open University’s combined social sciences degree, delivered in partnership with Ayrshire College.
Open Outlook - September 2015
Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland, with the September 2015 issue of Open Outlook.
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. 
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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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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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