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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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Our Work

We work with schools, employers, unions, community groups and other learning providers to widen access to education across Scotland.
 

Latest news

Open Outlook - June 2016
Find out more about the latest news and events from The Open University in Scotland, with the June 2016 issue of Open Outlook. 
Edinburgh - a city of readers?
‘Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present’, a year-long public project by The Open University, is coming to Edinburgh on Tuesday 7 June for an event called ‘Edinburgh: A City of Readers'.
How to tell if your seaweed looks weird
A new online course released today by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS UHI), in partnership with The Open University in Scotland, makes cutting edge research on seaweed cultivation freely available for the first time to learners, industry and academics alike.
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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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Free Online Learning

Try out study for free. Every day, millions of people worldwide enjoy and share free OU content – all you need is an internet connection.