The Open University Edinburgh

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The Open University Edinburgh

Image of Edinburgh Regional OfficeThe Open University Edinburgh, We are the most popular choice of university in Scotland for flexible, part-time study: Open University students comprise over half of all part-time undergraduates. Our ethos is about making higher education accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

Facts and figures

The Open University in Scotland has 15,000 students from Shetland to Stranraer, who are supported by around 450 tutors across the country. Over 120 academic, academic-related and support staff are based at our Edinburgh office.

Strategy and External Affairs

We work with the Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, politicians and key external organisations in Scotland on a range of issues relating to part-time study and student support, to ensure higher education policy takes into account the needs and interests of our learners.

Our story

We are one of Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions. At our core, we are open to people, places, methods and ideas. Key OU in Scotland focuses include widening access to higher education, and helping Scotland’s employers to develop and upskill their workforces.


The Open University
Jennie Lee House
9-11 Drumsheugh Gardens


The property comprises fully refurbished offices of three Victorian terraces in the Edinburgh New Town. The New Town is a Conservation Area. The building is ‘B’ listed (of regional importance). The Open University in Scotland moved into the property on 5 April 1993.

Accessible Parking
There are no on-site designated accessible car parking spaces, but a space can be reserved with prior notice.
Accessible WC
Unisex toilets with wheelchair access are on levels Ground, & 2.
Assistive Listening System
An assistive listening system is permanently installed in the Meeting Room(s).
Braille Signage
Braille signage is available.
Rest Seating
Seating is available for rest purposes.
Level Access
There is ramped access from the street.