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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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Latest news

Open Outlook - November 2014
Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland by downloading the latest version (November 2014) of Open Outlook.
Rosetta mission – OU space scientists contribute to historic comet landing
Scientists, staff and students at The Open University (OU) were celebrating yesterday (Wednesday 12 November) after the announcement that the Rosetta space mission had succeeded in its attempt to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko followi
Rosetta mission – the countdown begins…
On Wednesday, 12 November 2014, Open University (OU) space scientists will be waiting with bated breath to see the outcome of over twenty years of OU research and a landmark in space science - the world’s first ever attempt to land on a comet. The landing will be screened at an OU event, available to watch live at 3pm on the OU's webcasting site. 
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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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