Open University

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The Open University is the only one to rank in the top three for student satisfaction in every year of the National Student Survey. Their high quality education is accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

The OU currently offers over 200 qualifications, from undergraduate language courses to MBAs and PhDs and has more than 16,000 students based in Scotland. Studying with the OU allows you to improve or transform your career and earn while you learn, wherever you are based.

Facts & Stats

  • More than 2 million people worldwide have achieved their learning goals through the OU since launch.
  • One of the largest universities in Europe with 174,898 students.
  • The UK’s only university dedicated to distance learning and is the only UK university to have a significant presence in all four nations.
  • 72% of OU research submitted was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014).
  • 76% of directly-registered OU students work full or part-time during their studies.
  • OpenLearn, a free learning resources website from the OU, has had 58 million visits since its launch in 2006.
  • The OU’s extensive material on iTunesU has had 73 million downloads.
  • The OU has had a partnership with the BBC for over 40 years and co-produces around 25 TV and radio series a year.

Dedicated to distance learning

OU students are not just in Scotland; they have 174,898 students, including more than 7,000 students studying overseas.

High quality, accessible education

The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK by student headcount, qualifies as one of Europe's largest universities, and is among the world's 30 largest universities.

Improve or transform your career

The OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. This includes free study units on OpenLearn which, to date, has had 58 million visits.

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