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Winning students

The Open University in Scotland is delighted to be a member of Winning Students; Scotland's national sports scholarship network supporting students competing in high performance sport. Four of the team from Scotland which reached the badminton team quarter-finals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games were Open University students, supported by Winning Students scholarships.

Winning Students was established in May 2009 as Scotland's national sports scholarship scheme supporting student athletes. Winning Students is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and governed by the University of Stirling as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence.

Athletes are nominated by their sport's governing body across nine core sports: badminton, golf, hockey, judo, orienteering, squash, swimming and disability swimming, triathlon and women’s football. There is also the opportunity for individual awards to athletes competing in other sports. Selected athletes receive annual scholarships up to the value of £5,500 which can be used on a range of support services.

In member colleges and universities across Scotland, some of the most talented young athletes - including Olympians, Commonwealth competitors and senior internationalists - are combining their studies and their sport. Studying part-time with The Open University whilst managing sporting commitments offers student athletes huge flexibility about where and when they choose to study.

More information about Winning Students can be found at

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