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Meet our students and alumni

The Open University in Scotland provides supported open learning to over 20,000 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.

Erin Charters

Erin, Loch Lomond

During an OU renewable energy module, Erin was inspired to start her electric bike hire business in the area where she lives. The entrepreneur and Environmental Science degree student features in an MTV Generation Change ‘Ones to watch’ series with the OU. 

OU student Elyse Hocking

Elyse, Glenrothes

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.

OU graduate Emma, standing with the Kelpies in the background

Emma, Falkirk

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. 

Jonny, who did a Business Management microcredential with the OU, in Marketing Principles and Practice

Jonny

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.

Maths teacher Irina standing outside her secondary school

Irina, Perth

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. 

OU graduate Carla standing on a bridge, with a crane in the background

Carla, Clydebank

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.

Tommy Breslin

Tommy, Glasgow

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. 

OU students Sarah and Karine

Sarah and Karine, Edinburgh

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. 

OU nursing graduate Elvira

Elvira, the Highlands

With her employer's support, Elvira did a part-time OU access course to nursing and then successfully applied for a Scottish Government-funded nursing degree programme through the OU. She's now fulfilled her dream of becoming a full-time staff nurse in a care home.

OU graduate Scott outside the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on graduation day

Scott, Ayrshire

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.