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Open University study widens access to higher education

The Open University in Scotland

We are the most popular university in Scotland for flexible, part-time study. Social justice is at our core: our high quality education is accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

Working with our partners, from employers and trade unions, to schools and voluntary sector groups, we can deliver personalised, supported open learning to a wide range of people at every stage of life.

Dr Ross and Nicola Stapley, Graduating students

About us

The Open University in Scotland has 15,765 students from the Shetland Isles to Dumfries and Galloway, who are supported by around 500 tutors across the country. Around 130 academic and other staff are based at our Edinburgh office.

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Courses and qualifications

The OU really is open to everyone: our students live in every Scottish parliamentary constituency and most undergraduate courses have no entry requirements. Students can take a standalone module or register for a wide range of qualifications, and study at a time and place that suits them.

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Study free: Part-Time Fee Grant

Individuals living in Scotland, with an annual income of £25,000 or less, may be eligible for a Part-Time Fee Grant for undergraduate study with The OU. This covers 100% of course fees and is not a loan – you won’t need to pay it back. Over half of our students benefit from this funding.

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Meet our students and alumni

We support students in personalised open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them. Read about a variety of OU in Scotland journeys and experiences from some of our learners and alumni.

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Strategy and policy

We work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, politicians and key external organisations in Scotland on a range of issues relating to part-time study and student support, to ensure higher education policy takes into account the needs and interests of our learners.

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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours, or if you want to brush up on skills or to learn for leisure. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to explore, including resources on Scotland and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

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Work with us

We work with organisations across Scotland to open up learning opportunities, including employers, unions, charity and voluntary sector groups, sports bodies, universities, colleges and schools. Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) lets S6 students in Scotland study university-level modules.

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Blog

Our blogs are written by OU academics, staff, graduates and our partner organisations, read our latest blogs.

Upcoming Events

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News

Need for better online resources for refugees and asylum seekers

The OU's Chair of International Development is calling for better curation of online learning for refugees and asylum seekers. Professor Giles Mohan is the lead author of a report published today. 

28th November 2018
Val McDermid

Open Outlook - November 2018

Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland with the November 2018 issue of Open Outlook.

20th November 2018
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Contact us

For general enquiries / reception,
call +44 (0) 131 226 3851  
email scotland

The Open University in Scotland,
Jennie Lee House
10 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ

Open 08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.

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