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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

How to tell if your seaweed looks weird
A new online course released today by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS UHI), in partnership with The Open University in Scotland, makes cutting edge research on seaweed cultivation freely available for the first time to learners, industry and academics alike.
How can we solve crime?
What can citizens do to reduce crime? How can the police and public work together? How is social media changing criminal investigations? These are some of the questions that will be asked and discussed at a major event in Glasgow on the issue of crime on Wednesday 18 May.
Research to bring music of fugitive 16th century Scottish priest back to life
The musical works of a controversial pre-Reformation Scottish composer and priest are to be revived and made accessible to a wider audience, thanks to research by The Open University in Scotland.
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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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