The Open University in Scotland provides supported open learning to 22,000 students across the country. Our flexible programmes and wide range of qualifications enable learners to choose a study route that best suits them. Meet some of our students and alumni below.
Steven Sutherland from Kilbarchan near Glasgow is on a mission to create positive change for the disabled community. He’s determined to use his qualification to progress in his career – with ambitions to one day become Scotland’s First Minister.
Adult Nursing degree student Abdullah was inspired to start his studies by his father’s healthcare sector career. A clinical support worker with a young family, he welcomes being able to study while earning an income. Abdullah reflects that a nursing career lasts a lifetime.
Business Management degree student Elyse is the first in her family to study university courses. Funding has been available and support offered to the mum-of-three, who is care experienced and manages health conditions. Elyse volunteered as a Students Association representative.
A Business Management microcredential in Marketing Principles and Practice enabled Jonny to upskill ahead of his return to work from furlough. Flexible and topical, the funded OU course has been relevant to his Edinburgh Rugby job, plus thoughts about his career development.
A single OU module gave Irina the extra maths credits she needed to secure her spot on a postgraduate teacher training course, paving the way to her new career as a secondary school maths teacher. Irina upskilled with the OU in one year, and her studies were fully funded.
Carla was kicked out of home aged 14 and never imagined that university would ever happen for her, after a difficult start in life. Achieving an OU honours degree, Carla's continuing with OU postgraduate studies in Global Development to support an ambition to teach refugees.
During the COVID pandemic Tommy, a Senior Development Officer for Scottish Union Learning within the Scottish Trades Union Congress, has done a number of OU Online Teaching microcredentials. Tommy has
supported unions transition their programmes to online.
For married couple Sarah and Karine, OU studies have been invaluable in giving them both a focus while coping with the challenges of Karine’s primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). They qualify for grant funding, for their flexible, accessible and supported degrees.
Emma’s Bachelor of Science Open Degree with Honours has been an integral step to her pursuing her dream job. Credits gained from college shortened her fully-funded OU studies, which Emma balanced with looking after her family and being a full-time carer to her autistic son.
Scott left school with no qualifications. He achieved an OU Honours degree in Social Science, having juggled his family and work life with campus-based studies at Ayrshire College on an OU partnership programme. Credits from his previous college study counted.