50 years in fireworks

The OU at 50

We celebrate our milestone 50th birthday in 2019. For the past half century, The OU’s mission has been to open up education for all. Find out more about our unique story, meet some of our graduates and read about how we’re marking our anniversary.

Dr Ross and Nicola Stapley, Graduating students

About us

The Open University in Scotland has 16,465 students from the Shetland Isles to Dumfries and Galloway, who are supported by around 500 tutors across the country. Around 130 academic and other staff are based at our Edinburgh office.

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Courses and qualifications

The OU really is open to everyone: our students live in every Scottish parliamentary constituency and most undergraduate courses have no entry requirements. Students can take a standalone module or register for a wide range of qualifications, and study at a time and place that suits them.

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Study free: Part-Time Fee Grant

Individuals living in Scotland, with an annual income of £25,000 or less, may be eligible for a Part-Time Fee Grant for undergraduate study with The OU. This covers 100% of course fees and is not a loan – you won’t need to pay it back. Over half of our students benefit from this funding.

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Meet our students and alumni

We support students in personalised open learning across Scotland. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications allow learners to pick the study route that’s best for them. Read about a variety of OU in Scotland journeys and experiences from some of our learners and alumni.

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Strategy and policy

We work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, politicians and key external organisations in Scotland on a range of issues relating to part-time study and student support, to ensure higher education policy takes into account the needs and interests of our learners.

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Free online learning

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours, or if you want to brush up on skills or to learn for leisure. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to explore, including resources on Scotland and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

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Our work

We work with organisations across Scotland to open up learning opportunities, including employers, unions, charity and voluntary sector groups, sports bodies, universities, colleges and schools. Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) lets S6 students in Scotland study university-level modules.

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Blog

Our blogs are written by OU academics, staff, graduates and our partner organisations, read our latest blogs.

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Work with us

We work together to give our students the greatest chance of success, whatever that might look like for them, and to make sure their experience studying with us is everything they need it to be. Discover our latest job opportunities and find out why working with us is a rewarding experience.

Upcoming Events

Nov 16

The Cultural History of Glasgow Research Network - Public Study Day

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 11:00 to 15:00

Blythswood Room, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Nov 18

Autism and Imagination: beyond the stereotypes

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:30

The Duncan Rooms, Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

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News

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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.

20th September 2019
Jennie Lee lecturing circa 1930s © The Open University.

New exhibition celebrates Jennie Lee, Scottish founder of The Open University

Jennie Lee: From Lochgelly to The Lords opens at the Glasgow Mitchell Library today, and will travel to the Lochgelly Centre on 6 December, where it will be on display until 6 March 2020. 

30th October 2019
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Contact us

For general enquiries / reception,
call +44 (0) 131 226 3851  
email Scotland

The Open University in Scotland,
Jennie Lee House
10 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ

Open 08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.

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