The Open University in Scotland is the country’s national widening access university. A special institution, The OU was founded 50 years ago to provide access to higher education for anyone with a desire to learn. Our mission then, as now, was and is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas, and our open access policy means that no prior qualifications are needed for most OU courses.
With 16,500 students spread all over Scotland, we are the country’s most popular university for part-time and flexible learning. We work in partnership with all sorts of organisations – including colleges, schools, employers, trade unions and charities – to make sure quality university education is an option for all Scots.
We’re dedicated to skills development: three-quarters of our students are in work, two-thirds earning less than £25,000 year study for free through the Part Time Fee Grant. More than 40% are studying STEM subjects; from short modules, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and Graduate Apprenticeships – and 49% of those STEM students are female.
The Open University is the largest UK academic institution and has empowered over two million learners worldwide to transform lives, 200,000 of them in Scotland and will continue to transform lives over the next 50 years and beyond.