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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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Latest news

Apply now for your part-time fee grant
The application process for the part-time fee grant for courses beginning in academic year 2015/16 is now open.
New course for employers to help them support carers in the workforce
A new course to help employers and managers support carers in their workforce was launched today in Glasgow as part of Carers Week.
Dementia project short-listed for award
A partnership between The Open University in Scotland and retailer Asda which has sought to promote awareness of dementia has been short-listed in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ category at the Herald Higher Education Awards.
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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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