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Our strategic partnership with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and Scottish Union Learning enables us to offer group-based higher education in the workplace, with a number of unions. 

Typically the participants are non-traditional learners. We provide modules and, in some instances, structured pathways on to degrees or intermediate qualifications. We have also delivered non-accredited workshop-based courses to over 800 learners. Through this work we have developed a powerful tripartite model of employer-union-university partnership.


OU in Scotland Director Susan Stewart presented Letters of Congratulations. She was joined by Rolls-Royce’s Head of Component Repair, John McCormick, Pat Rafferty, Scottish Secretary of Unite the Union, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), and Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning.

Unite the Union, Rolls-Royce and The Open University 

Working with Unite the Union and Rolls-Royce, we have been providing opportunities for engineering staff at Rolls-Royce's Scottish sites to study Open University modules and qualifications, in the workplace, for personal and professional development.


Dolanna Macleod, Pictured front row, far left. Photo by John Paul Photography

Scottish Union Learning and The Open University

Aspiring managers from a range of Highlands and Islands' workplaces including ferries, schools and the police force completed Certificates in Higher Education Open.


Prison officers association and The Open University

Prison Officers' Association and The Open University 

Prison Officers in Perth and Polmont have been honing their writing skills with a 12 hour Essay and Report Writing Skills course spread over six weeks. Face-to-face tuition is given on the technical skills needed to plan and produce quality reports and essays, important for communicating both internally and with external agencies.

Public and Commercial Services Union and The Open University

Public and Commercial Services Union and The Open University

A bespoke Employability Skills course is being provided to members of the Public and Commercial Services union at offices and locations throughout Scotland.


Unison logoOur wide-ranging collaborations have also included:

  • Dementia Care and Mental Health non-accredited workshops provided to Unison members working within local councils and the NHS
  • ​Bespoke OU course Workplace Communications Skills for Diversity and Equality, for the entire 280-plus workforce at Dawnfresh Seafoods' Uddingston plant, funded by Scottish Union Learning. Due to the programme's success we were asked to produce another course, focussing on verbal communication and teambuilding. The firm's clients include Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's. The Workplace Communications Skills for Diversity and Equality course was also delivered to Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union staff at Warburtons in Bellshill and at Lightbody of Hamilton.
  • Effective Communications, and Writings Skills for Business courses delivered to Public and Commercial Services Union staff at the Registers of Scotland in Edinburgh
  • Creative writing workshops for prison staff in Perth and Edinburgh - including officers, social workers and administrative staff - delivered in partnership with Scottish Union Learning and The POA (Prison Officers' Association)

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Khadija Patel
Learning Partnerships Officer 

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