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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. We have been voted top in Scotland for student satisfaction for 8 years running in the National Student Survey.

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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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Latest news

OU Celebrates 40th anniversary of first graduation in Scotland
It is 40 years since the first group of Scottish students took to the stage in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms to accept degrees from The OU. On Saturday 21 June, around 400 OU students graduated at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall bringing the total number of OU qualifications conferred in Scotland to over 63,000.
OU launches free course for carers during Carers Week
Carers Week kicks off with the launch of ‘Caring Counts’ a bespoke course developed by The Open University with, and for, carers.
Beam me up Scotty - Tom Devine to give OU Lecture on the Scottish diaspora
The leading authority on the history of modern Scotland, Professor Tom Devine OBE, will give the OU’s Edinburgh lecture on the impact of the Scottish diaspora.
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The Open University does world-leading innovative research and development that influences policy and enriches lives. OU research ranks in the top third of all UK universities.

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