SCONUL Access: The Open University student experience

Barratt, Caroline and Stanley, Tyne (2023). SCONUL Access: The Open University student experience. Library and Knowledge Services, The Open University.


This research includes two phases focussing on students at The Open University: an analysis of SCONUL Access membership and the correlation with attainment and a second phase which uncovers what aspects of the SCONUL Access scheme members use (if any) and the impact that the programme has on their studies.

In the data analysis, we found that a higher percentage of students who were members of SCONUL Access gained a distinction (32%) in comparison to students who weren’t a member (22%). This difference is calculated as statistically significant.

In the second phase of our research, most students (62%, n=320) reported that being part of the scheme has a positive impact by supporting their studies and wellbeing.

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