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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Open University was founded to widen access to higher education, and we place social justice and equality of opportunity at the centre of all we do. The University is committed to extending opportunities for educational success to every potential student who wants to achieve their ambitions.

Public Sector Equality Duty Report

As required by the Public Sector Equality Duty and the specific requirements for Scotland, The Open University in Scotland is now publishing its second report for the period 2021-2025: The Open University in Scotland Public Sector Duty Report 2021-2025.

We see this as a dynamic document which will be regularly updated as our strategic goals develop and new activities are agreed.

If you would like to find out more about this report, or have any feedback you’d like to share, please contact:

Gender Action Plan

In common with all Scottish Universities, The OU in Scotland has produced a Gender Action Plan. The Scottish Funding Council has defined several subject areas, often linked to critical skills needs such as engineering, health and other caring professions, where there is great gender imbalance (defined as 75%:25% or more). Institutions are required to set out how they will strategically address their own imbalances, and contribute to achieving a more gender-balanced student population by 2025.

The OU in Scotland Corporate Parenting Plan 2020-21

The OU is Scotland’s ‘widening access university’, offering flexible higher education to people from the widest possible range of backgrounds. Our commitment to supporting our care experienced students is part of our ethos and purpose.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (part 9) places statutory ‘corporate parenting’ responsibilities on all post‐16 education bodies. 

Our Corporate Parenting Plan also aligns with the OU-wide Access, Participation and Success policy, and our Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council.

British Sign Language Action Plan

In line with the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and following publication of the first Scottish BSL National Plan, The Open University is pleased to publish our own BSL plan. The OU is committed to supporting the implementation of the BSL National Plan, ensuring we meet our BSL obligations and providing an inclusive service to our students. We are grateful for the support and training provided by deafscotland, the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Partners and the FE/HE Participation Officer at Deaf Action.

Further information about equality and diversity at The Open University can be found on our Equality and Diversity website, which includes information about our Equality Scheme, our outcome-focused equality objectives and our equality statistics.  

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Kate Signorini
Depute Director (Strategy, Planning & Resources)