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Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

We have a wide variety of modules and are able to offer a diverse range of opportunities in this key strategic area. 

Stat graphic - 41% of our students study Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths subjects
Stat graphic - 50% of our Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths students are female

Scottish Water educational pathway

The Open University in Scotland is at the heart of a partnership providing study streams for water professionals, or those wishing to join the industry, that cover wide ranging skills in water management and governance. Led by Scottish Water, the collaboration brings together The OU in Scotland with Glasgow Clyde College and Heriot-Watt University. The study route can be joined at Higher National Certificate (HNC) level, Bachelor of Arts /Bachelor of Science Open (Hons) or Master of Science (MSc) entry points.

We give credit transfer for an HNC in Water Operations studied at Glasgow Clyde College into our degree level study. Pathways have been identified that are of particular relevance to the industry and which are also the ideal lead-in to the MSc in Water and Environmental Management at Heriot-Watt University. 

Dr James Miller, the then Director of The Open University in Scotland, is pictured signing the partnership agreement.The partnership, launched in 2015, supports the Scottish Government’s ambition of becoming the first Hydro Nation, committed to maximising the economic, health, social wellbeing and environmental benefits of Scotland’s water.

Dr James Miller, the then Director of The Open University in Scotland, is pictured signing the partnership agreement.

Read more about the educational pathway, and watch a video 

Engineering opportunities at Rolls-Royce

Brian RonaldBachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees are among the qualifications that engineering staff at Rolls-Royce's Scottish sites have the opportunity to gain, through our collaboration with the company and Unite the Union. 

Brian Ronald from East Kilbride (pictured right) was an Engineering Inspector when he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Open degree, with a focus on Engineering, Design, Environment and Development, in 2016. 

He is currently Manufacturing Systems Lead at Rolls-Royce’s Inchinnan plant and his expertise is contributing to the development of a global training package for Rolls-Royce staff. Brian is on the board of SAFEE, the Scottish Association for Engineering Education.

Women Returners programme

In May 2017 Equate Scotland, in partnership with The Open University and Prospect, launched a Scottish Government-funded Women Returners programme. It aims to support women back into employment in STEM industries after a career break, increasing women’s representation in these major industries.

Women returners programmeThe six-month programme follows a successful pilot in 2016. It will give women structured support to brush up on skills and knowledge and rebuild confidence in a working environment, for example through networking events, one-to-one ‘career clinics’, and applying for three-month placement with participating employers, that will include on-the-job re-training.

A workshop (image left) for over 30 women at Edinburgh Napier University kicked off the programme, including an introduction to The OU’s Returning to STEM free online course. OU Associate Lecturer Geraldine Doyle is supporting the women through a LinkedIn group during the course, and gave a webinar with Equate.