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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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Study

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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Partnerships

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 - February 2015
Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland, with the February 2015 issue of Open Outlook.
Tapping into the fountain of Scottish Water knowledge
A new partnership is being launched today (23 February 2015) to help educate water professionals to tap into the wealth of Scotland’s water and realise the nation’s potential as an international leader in the industry. Led by Scottish Water it brings together three leading academic institutions -  Glasgow Clyde College, The Open University in Scotland and Heriot-Watt University -  to provide three new education streams covering a wide range of educational and technical skills in water management and governance.
It’s Con-grad-ulations as Highlands and Islands Union Learners Complete Their Studies
Nine learners from across the Highlands and Islands were recognised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) at a graduation event in Inverness on 19 February 2015. The event was organised by Scottish Union Learning and supported by the OU in Scotland. The students successfully completed an OU Certificate of Higher Education Open (in Business and Management) through their trade unions.
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Research

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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Events

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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