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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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Mother and son celebrate graduation together
Steve Jones (53) and his mother, Ann (79), were among 250 students graduating at Saturday's (9 May) degree ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
The most important thing you'll learn at The Open University is what you're capable of
The Open University is a badge of honour for people who, through their commitment and the support of others, have discovered what they are capable of and how it feels to succeed. If you’ve got it in you, we’ll help you bring it out.
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.
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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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