Open University links up with Adam Smith

Left,  Dr. James Miller, Director of The Open University in Scotland; Dr. Craig Thomson, Principal of Adam Smith College; Fraser Durie, Director of Education Development at Adam Smith College
Left, Dr. James Miller, Director of The Open University in Scotland; Dr. Craig Thomson, Principal of Adam Smith College; Fraser Durie, Director of Education Development at Adam Smith College
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Local access to Higher Education in Fife has been extended further thanks to the deepening partnership between Adam Smith College and the Open University.

Two new facilities at the College’s campuses in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes have been created and opened up to new and existing OU students. ‘The Adam Smith Open University Centre’ will offer Open University students across Fife access to a range of support and study facilities within dedicated learning spaces. The range of support available will include library services, IT facilities, together with social spaces where OU students can meet and gather information about OU study opportunities.

Dr. Craig Thomson, principal of Adam Smith College, said: “Adam Smith College is dedicated to providing learning and career development to people from a wide range of backgrounds and to opening up flexible access to Higher Education. In this our ethos is the same as the OU. We believe challenging circumstances should never be a barrier to learning and self-improvement. Our work to broaden access to The Open University’s many courses and degree programmes will further advance those goals. Adam Smith College has an excellent, on-going relationship with the Open University and today’s launch further cements our working relationship. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of staff who have made this development possible.”

Dr. James Miller, director of The Open University in Scotland, explained the rationale behind the extension to the partnership: “This partnership gives us the opportunity to bring together Scotland’s leading provider of part-time university education with the regional college which is at the heart of the community. By working together we can offer local people - and employers - access to flexible, affordable ways to upskill and reskill when they need to, in order to ensure their skills stay current and relevant. In today’s economic climate lifelong learning is an essential tool in helping people to stay one step ahead in the labour market. Supporting this through the creation of an Open University Centre at the college campuses means students will also be able to choose a range of ways in which to access the kinds of services that ensure they have a high-quality and successful learning experience.”

Established in 1969, The Open University in Scotland now has more than 16,000 students and has been ranked number one amongst Scottish universities in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. Courses such as the Open Degree programme allow students to choose from a wide range of modules and subjects tailored to their own personal and vocational needs.

This partnership adds to the range of degree level opportunities offered by Adam Smith College. The new facilities at will continue to provide the flexibility of distance learning while enabling students to meet and study together in a conventional environment when required. Meanwhile, when they’re not being used for OU purposes, the new centres will be open to other Adam Smith College students.