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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 daughter celebrate joint graduation at OU degree ceremony
Georgina MacDonald (66) graduated alongside her daughter, Clare MacDonald (35), at The OU degree ceremony in Edinburgh .
OU Online Lecture with NASA Astronaut - Dr Stanley G. Love
NASA astronaut Dr Stanley G. Love to give on-line OU lecture on Tuesday 21 October 2014 with opportunities for Q&A.
Gender Equality Act in Malawi supported by OU teaching guide
A guide to help teachers in Malawi, Southeast Africa, to discuss and explore their country’s Gender Equality Act with their pupils has been developed by the OU in Scotland and the Scotland Malawi Partnership.   
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The Open University does world-leading innovative research and development that influences policy and enriches lives. OU research ranks in the top third of all UK universities.

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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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