Student Help Info: For general help, including in relation to COVID-19, there is an OU students help page.
Info and contact details that may be particularly useful to carers is available in a Carer’s Pack.
There is also help info available from The National Carer Organisations in Scotland.
Carers are provided with specific support to study with The Open University in Scotland. We recognise the challenges carers can face and offer a range of resources and support to help carers get into learning.
Carers choose to study with The Open University for a variety of reasons: some carers want to build on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained while caring, some want to resume studies that had to be put on hold, and others are looking for something completely different to their caring role. The OU allows students the flexibility to fit studying around their caring commitments.
The definition of a carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
If you are a carer The Open University in Scotland can offer you:
We provide guidance on funding, including:
We work in partnership with carers’ organisations to better understand the needs of carers and ensure that resources to fully support carer students are developed. For example, we offer:
Completing these courses enabled Katrina to study a Return to Practice nursing course.
Before my son was born I had been a Registered Mental Health Nurse and I began to research how to renew my registration. I wouldn't have had the courage to do that before I did the Open University course. I began to believe in 'me' again. As to the future, I have passed my course and I have completed an application form for a post as a staff nurse in the local hospital. Sometimes I feel like pinching myself to see if I am dreaming!Katrina MacLeod, Carer