Reaching across Scotland to deliver life changing learning


OU study unlocks ambition

An Open University (OU) degree course unlocked new ambitions for Glasgow based Zara Dyer who was told she had ‘no prospects’ at school but now studies part-time while working as a support advisor for people who have experience­d alcohol and substance abuse.

She featured on our podcast Life…on Our Terms talking about how she built the confidence to follow her dream to start her own counsellin­g clinic, “I fully intend to continue learning for the rest of my life. That’s come from the OU giving me a voice,” says Zara.

Language course delivers pupil bene ts

An OU Teachers Learning to Teach languages (TELT) programme supported Aberden-based teacher Hazel Taylor to upskill and introduce new ideas in her classroom.

The course contribute­s to delivery of the Sco ish Government’s 1+2 language policy and is approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Delivered flexibly, it fi ed well around Hazel’s full-time role and her pupils have benefited.

“I have been more adventurou­s in my planning of languages activities,” she says, “so the children have had a more varied and engaging experience.”

Microcrede­ntial provides new skills

A fully funded business management microcrede­ntial helped Jonny Perriam upskill a er being furloughed. It supported him to deliver a new post pandemic business direction as he returned to his role at Edinburgh Rugby.

His role involves marketing Edinburgh Rugby’s o ering and a racting new commercial partners in the city, Scotland and beyond.

He said: “It was the perfect time to learn more about marketing and use it, as Edinburgh Rugby look to launch a more outbound approach to marketing commercial opportunit­ies.”

OU studies launch entreprene­urship journey

It was while studying for an OU MBA that Greenock-based Claudio Marturano made the decision to become an entreprene­ur and start his own business.

Originally trained as an aircra maintenanc­e engineer, he is now the Chief Executive O icer and Chairman of the T-c-alliance, which o ers aviation training and consultanc­y.

To help decide where to study, he compared price, impact on career, ease of use, availabili­ty of support, and accreditat­ion: “Ultimately, The OU scored as the best overall for what I wanted to achieve.”

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