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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 studying with us or browse our full range of courses and qualifications.

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Meet our students and alumni

We support students in open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them.

Latest news

Student fund in memory of OU graduate open for applications
Retired residents of Caithness or North Sutherland studying with The Open University (OU) in Scotland can now apply to the Daniel McLean Memorial Fund for financial help related to their study, including travel to tutorials and relevant equipment.
Scotland and the Battle for Britain
Former BBC political editor Andrew Marr, born in Glasgow, presents Scotland and the Battle for Britain, a two-part documentary exploring Scotland's political transformation during the historic events of recent years.
Taynuilt’s Ballet West among five new OU validation partners ahead of pilot project
Leading dance school and company Ballet West, based near Oban, is one of five providers announced today as joining The Open University’s degree validation programme. 
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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.
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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion.

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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.