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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07313: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

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.