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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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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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Apply now for your part-time fee grant
Apply now for a part-time fee grant for courses beginning in February 2016. 
Susan Stewart appointed Director of The Open University in Scotland
The Open University in Scotland has appointed Susan Stewart as its new Director, following an open recruitment process.
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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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