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Meet our students and alumni

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. 

Stat graphic - 15,765 OU students in Scotland
Stat graphic - students in every Scottish Parliamentary constituency

Meet some of our students and alumni below and click on the links to read about their OU in Scotland journey.

Katrena Wilkie

Katrena, Ellon

Katrena gained a Bachelor of Science Open Degree, having left school with minimal qualifications. She now helps others to reach their learning potential, teaching Literacies and English for Speakers of Other Languages, with the WEA (Workers' Educational Association) Scotland.

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Sean Lafferty

Sean, Oban

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.

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Sheila Cameron

Sheila, Motherwell

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.

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Alisdair MacMillan

Alisdair, Glasgow

Former firefighter and computer programmer Alisdair is about to start a new job as a social worker. He combined full-time voluntary sector work with gaining his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) degree on The OU’s independent pathway.

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Faye Tester

Faye, Glasgow

Faye has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Environmental Management and Technology from The OU. She is the Environment Manager for gas distribution network SGN in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She initially joined the company as a cleaner and started studying while a SGN receptionist. 

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Graduate Julie McGuinness

Julie, Glasgow

Mum-of-two Julie is embarking on a new career in primary teaching. Having originally dropped out of a traditional university in her teens, she graduated recently with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Open Degree from The OU and is now doing her teacher training qualification.

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Alan S Morrison

Alan, Forfar

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.

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Sam Orme

Sam, Huntly

Sam is a software engineer. He did a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Computing and IT Practice with The OU while working full time. Credit from a Higher National Diploma previously gained at college counted towards Sam’s degree

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