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The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on all of our lives in ways that we could barely imagine five months ago. At the OU our first priority has been to support our current students and to help those wishing to register for study from autumn 2020. At the heart of our response has been our coronavirus online help centre which includes resources on wellbeing, mental health, careers and employability.

As experienced leaders in online learning, we have also done our best to be responsive, helping workers in furlough to upskill, offering free learning resources for families, and advising other educational providers on how to deliver digitally.

It’s so rewarding that OU students continue to succeed in these challenging times. Learning must be an important part of Scotland’s recovery and we will continue to do what we can to contribute.

I hope you enjoy this issue of our newsletter.

Susan Stewart, Director, The Open University in Scotland

Latest news

Supporting businesses and employees during the coronavirus pandemic

Covid-19 has left businesses and employees across Scotland with huge uncertainty and some facing redundancy situations. We have been taking a responsive approach working in partnership with companies, agencies and government to help minimise the impact.

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Mental health and stress awareness more important than ever now

At this time of social isolation, worry and stress, the OU's free learning site OpenLearn is helping people to feel part of a worldwide learning community, as well as being able to offer practical advice and education on the issues.

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New resource highlights training courses to furloughed workers

People who have been furloughed or made redundant are being encouraged to develop their skills with the help of a new free online resource, designed with the support of the OU providing access to its OpenLearn platform of free courses.

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Event highlights

Edinburgh International Book Festival OU Events

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2020 programme of free online events will run 15-31 August. OU-supported events at the Book Festival include Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; Minna Salami (a.k.a. blogger MsAfropolitan) and feminist activist Lola Olufemi; writer Ali Smith and artist Sarah Wood; geographer Jo Sharp and crime writer and OU honorary graduate Val McDermid, plus a 'Stories and Scran' community meal.

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Cue, lights, OU!

A new film to help us promote our work in Scotland was launched in May. While many people are aware of the OU, the range of opportunities we provide for students is not always visible. Featuring OU students and filmed on location across Scotland before lockdown, our new film helps shine a light on this.

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Celebrating success

Double-win for 50th Anniversary campaign!

The OU's 50th Anniversary campaign has won an international Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence award and a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence award. 

The campaign is reflected in this short video, showcasing our activities in Scotland in our 50th anniversary year - and highlights from the previous 50 years!

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