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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. 

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

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca, Dunbar

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.

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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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Roy Lawrence

Roy, Anstruther

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.

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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 acting Environment Manager for SGN, who manage the gas network across Scotland and the south of England. She initially joined the company as a cleaner and started studying while a SGN receptionist. 

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Tasnim Nazeer

Tasnim, Glasgow

Tasnim is an award-winning journalist and author, and a mum. She did a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English Language and Literature with The OU, and has now embarked on postgraduate study.

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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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