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Our blogs are written by OU academics, staff and our partner organisations. They share their expertise and emerging research as well as comment on current social issues. If you work with The OU and have an idea for a blog, do get in touch. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates.



DataFest 18: OU courses, research and projects

Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Manager Dr Simona Foscarin shares highlights from The OU's participation in the recent DataFest18, a festival of innovation. 

13 April, 2018

OU graduate Sheila Cameron

Supporting students with disabilities

Shona Littlejohn, Depute Director, Student Experience and Widening Access, at The OU in Scotland writes about supporting students with disabilities. 

3 April, 2018

Maria Macnamara, founder of Smalls for All and OU Honorary, with children in Africa

#IWD2018: Maria Macnamara, OU Honorary Graduate and founder of Smalls for All

On International Women's Day, OU Honorary Graduate Maria Macnamara writes about the work of her charity, Smalls for All, which helps women and children in Africa. 

8 Mar, 2018


Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

The OU's Dr Joyce Cavaye writes about the growing discipline of nutritional psychiatry, that focuses on food and supplements to provide essential nutrients in treatment for mental health disorders.

2 Mar, 2018

OU in Scotland Director Susan Stewart with her favourite books

#WorldBookDay - our Director's favourite five

On World Book Day, Susan Stewart - Director of The Open University in Scotland - shares the five books she rates as her favourites.

1 Mar, 2018

Martin Robb, second from left, with conference panellists

'Supporting Boys' conference in Glasgow

The OU's Dr Martin Robb writes about the 'Supporting Boys' conference in Glasgow, at which he spoke about research projects into young men, masculinity and role models.

27 Feb, 2018

Learning Partnership Officers Sam Kemp and Gill Ryan

Flexible voluntary sector learning from The OU

Charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profits can discover at 'The Gathering', Scotland's largest free event for the third sector, how The OU can help support their staff and volunteers gain new skills and develop.

16 Feb, 2018

Nurse and OU in Scotland graduate, Michaela Olver

From Health Care Support Worker to Staff Nurse

Graduate Michaela Olver shares her journey from Health Care Support Worker to Staff Nurse, via an Open University degree she gained while working.

23 Jan, 2018

Managing My Money

How to detox your finances in 2018

We kick off the New Year with some top tips on managing your personal finances from OU expert, Martin Upton.

04 Jan, 2018

Graduate nurses

Making the headlines in 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at some of the news stories and blogs that have been making the headlines on The OU in Scotland website in 2017.

21 Dec, 2017

Clydebank Blitz

When the Blitz came to Clydebank

Professor Annika Mombauer discusses how bombs rained down on Clydebank in 1941.

05 Dec, 2017

Iceland volcano

Is Iceland's tallest volcano, Öræfajökull, awakening?

A volcano close to home that is showing signs of activity according to Dr Dave McGarvie.

28 Nov, 2017

Usher Hall Edinburgh

Open University graduates share their journey

Hear some of the personal stories from this year's OU in Scotland graduates.

03 Nov, 2017

Zambia schools project

Teacher development in Zambia

The Open University is developing a one-year school-based teacher development programme in Zambia.

13 Oct, 2017

Dr Sally Magnusson

Music’s power to help dementia

An estimated 100,000 people live with dementia in Scotland and that number is set to increase year on year. Dementia is a catch-all term for a number of degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, for which there is currently no cure.

21 Sept, 2017

Pete Cannell and Claire Hewitt

Using open educational practices to widen access and bridge gaps in education in Scotland

Educational resources are increasingly available online. The shift from print to digital has been rapid and much of the material is ‘open’ in the sense that it is freely available to anyone with an internet connection and an appropriate digital device

08 Sept, 2017

OpenLearn Champions

Adult learning: exploring the policy and practice of widening access

One of the first conclusions drawn by Professor Sir Peter Scott in his early work as the Scottish Government’s Commissioner for Fair Access, is that reaching the targets set out in A Blueprint for Fairness requires “a radical project, more radical perhaps than we care to acknowledge”

Aug, 2017


Grahame Smith, Lisa McGuinness, Khadija Patel, Nicola Sturgeon

STUC Union Learning Award Announced

The winner of the 2018 Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning is Lisa McGuinness from HMRC.  The award is sponsored by The Open University in Scotland and will be presented by the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.

16th April 2018
Man writing in a book

Applying for your part-time fee grant

If you live in Scotland and you have an individual income of £25,000 per year or less, you may be eligible for a part-time fee grant for undergraduate study.

1st December 2017
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