The Open University in Scotland provides supported open learning to students across the length and breadth of the country. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications enable learners to choose a study route that best suits them.
Meet some of our students and alumni below and click on the links to read about their OU in Scotland journey.
Rebecca started her ‘dream job’ shortly after completing her Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Psychology. She is Youth Education Manager for Scotland and Tyne and Wear at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and believes her OU studies helped her to get the post.
Sean is an On-board Services Manager with ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). Scottish Union Learning fully sponsored him to do an OU Certificate of Higher Education Open in Business and Management, which he says helped him gain promotion. Sean is now studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Business Management, supported by his Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and CalMac.
Sheila will graduate this year with a BA (Honours) in Environmental Studies. She started her degree after a life-changing accident, that left her using a wheelchair and experiencing anxiety and depression. Chair of The OU’s Disabled Students’ Group, Sheila plans to go on to do a Master’s.
Roy is a Fife Council manager, responsible for the workforce development of around 3,000 social work and social care staff. So positive was his experience of using The OU to develop his staff’s skills, that he signed up to study with The OU himself. Roy has gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration.
Morven has graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Open Degree from The OU, with a focus on Maths and Statistics. After gaining credit transfer from previous studies at another university, Morven combined studying for her OU degree with caring for her daughter and then working full time at the Prince’s Trust, where she has twice been promoted. Morven is an Open Learning Champion at her workplace, helping others to use The OU’s free open educational resources.
Alan runs a successful media and PR company which has just celebrated five years in business. He changed career after 24 years in journalism, taking voluntary redundancy when his role disappeared due to restructuring. Alan’s Master of Business Administration postgraduate degree from The OU, which he had already gained for personal development, enabled him to explore new options.