Date lodged: 17 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what role it considers that the Open University can play in widening access to education in Scotland.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 17 March 2017
The Open University’s open access policy, combined with its flexibility and support has always provided an opportunity for learners from a range of backgrounds to access and study higher education courses in Scotland. In particular, the flexibility of part-time distance learning can remove barriers faced by some learners for whom full-time study at university would prove difficult e.g. those with caring responsibilities, in employment or living in remote locations.