We work collaboratively with other universities on a broad range of learning, teaching and research activities that enrich our students' experience of study and enhance our contribution to Scottish society.
The OU in Scotland has actively engaged with the Crichton Campus in Dumfries for many years working with community organisations, schools, Dumfries and Galloway College and other Higher Education Institution partners to provide opportunities for accessing HE study in the region.
We became a Crichton Institute partner in March 2013. A major new collaborative venture for the south-west of Scotland, it brings together the Crichton Campus academic institutions and wider partners in the business, local government, health and voluntary sectors.
Roger Davis, Head of Social Work Scotland at The OU, is pictured, speaking at a Mental Health and Social Support Seminar which he chaired on campus in April 2016.
The Open University runs a collaborative scheme with the University of Dundee where OU students can study a history course with Dundee via distance learning, Medieval and Early Modern Scotland: 1100-1707, and count the credit they gain towards their OU qualification. From October 2019 we will additionally be offering Modern Scottish History 1707-1997 via this study path.
The four-year Back on Course Scotland project (2013-17) provided a free, impartial advice and guidance service for full-time undergraduate students at any Scottish university who had withdrawn from higher education before completing their studies.
The Open University in Scotland delivered this service, funded by the Scottish Funding Council.
Latterly, the Back on Course initiative worked proactively with 10 Scottish university partners: Robert Gordon, Queen Margaret, Edinburgh Napier, Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian, and Heriot-Watt Universities, plus the Universities of Highlands and Islands, West of Scotland, Stirling and Aberdeen.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council for three years (2014-2017) and led by The OU in Scotland, this project provided an opportunity for Scotland's tertiary education sector to build on its collaborative ethos and establish a support network for best practice and innovation in developing open educational resources (OERs).
The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project aims were to
OEPS aimed to engage with the whole sector and encourage partnership working with other organisations involved in formal education provision (such as colleges and schools), informal education and with other sectors within Scotland and beyond.
The OU has expertise in psychology and criminology. We are part of SIPR, a strategic collaboration between 13 of Scotland's universities, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. This provides opportunities to do innovative, cutting-edge research focused on developing evidence-based policy and practice which is relevant and applicable in helping the police meet current challenges, and to achieve international excellence for policing research in Scotland.
The Institute for Social Marketing is a world renowned collaborative academic research centre with the University of Stirling, which brings over 30 years’ experience to the study and dissemination of social marketing theory and practice. Current and recent projects areas include alcohol, sustainable transport and low carbon vehicles, sustainable clothing, Smart Grids and community energy projects.
Launched in 2013, the Innogen Institute is a dynamic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and The Open University that explores the social and economic impact of innovation in the life sciences.