The Open University Presents: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor

The Open Media Unit and the Faculty of Social Sciences present: Thinking Allowed

Radio 4

4pm, Wednesday 21st January 2015

On Wednesday 21st January 2015, The Open University team up once again with Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme.  Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how we live today.

In the first programme Laurie explores Dissident Irish Republicans  – what accounts for the upsurge in paramilitary violence in recent times?

John Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London, has conducted an extensive study of the many factions which threaten peace today. Does the movement’s history of splits and schisms provide a key to understanding the renewed conflict?  They’re joined by Henry Mcdonald, Belfast correspondent at the Observer.

Ulrich Beck – Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, London University, gives a tribute to the German sociologist who died this month. What can his analysis of the ‘risk society’ tell us about our contemporary anxieties about global terrorism?

Below is an outline of some of the topics coming up, however please be aware these are subject to change due to the nature of the show being topical, and also live.

28 January

Not Tonight: Migraine, gender and health – how have cultural beliefs about women and pain shaped medical and social attitudes to migraine?

‘Chavs’ and ‘Pramfaces’ – how lower working-class young men and teenage mothers manage social class stigma.

4 February

The Muslim Brotherhood – an in depth study of the organisation and its ideology

Privately educated young women – is the reproduction of class privilege always ensured by an elite education?  A 3 year study involving 91 pupils across 4 independent schools in England.

11 February

Harvard Business School – a journey through its complex, moral world. How does the School’s organisational culture combine a logic of profit with ethical concerns?

Thinking Allowed is broadcast every Wednesday at 4pm, on Radio 4, with a repeat on the following Monday at 12.15am.

Online:

OpenLearn has a wealth of information and resources on the topics featured in the series.  For further information on this series, as well as previous ones, go to OpenLearn

This 26-part series was commissioned by the  Open Media Unit , and is supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences, with particular relevance to BA (Hons) Combined Social Sciences (Q69) and BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45).

  • Commissioned by Dr Caroline Ogilvie
  • Nominated Academic, Social Sciences,  Katy Wheeler
  • Media Fellow, Social Sciences, Geoff Andrews
  • Broadcast Project Manager, Caroline Green
  • Online Project Producer, Georgia Axtell-Powell
Caroline Green

Caroline Green

Caroline Green
Broadcast Project Manager
The Open University

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The Open University Presents: Excluded: Kicked out of School

Excluded: Kicked out of School

Excluded: Kicked out of School

BBC3

9pm, Tuesday 20th January 2015

Tuesday 20th January 2015, sees the first episode of a new three-part series, Excluded: Kicked Out of School.  This observational documentary series gets unique access to The Bridge Academy and tells the inside story of one of UK’s biggest secondary alternative provision (AP) academies.

Series:-

The Bridge Academy provides full-time education to pupils who’ve been permanently excluded or moved from mainstream education from across West London.   Mostly excluded because of behaviour issues such as fighting and verbal abuse, pupils who arrive at The Bridge often struggle with levels of literacy and numeracy. Filmed over the course of an academic year and hinged on the trust built with the children, the series focuses on their perspective and follows some of the most challenging pupils as they are given a chance to get their lives back on track.

At The Bridge pupils still have to take exams and are expected to leave with 5 GCSCs. But it’s not always easy. As the pupils speak candidly about being excluded, the programme shows how disruptive their behaviour can be and learns there is often a reason they don’t engage with learning and that some of the behavioural problems mask deeply traumatic personal experiences.

From the teachers pacing the corridors with walkie-talkies to the Head of School defusing a fight, the series also meets the staff who constantly battle to keep the pupils out of trouble and in the class room. Unlike mainstream school there is never more than six students per lesson and this allows the teachers more time to help them reach their full potential. And with a clear structure in place every single bit of behaviour is recorded and challenged. Whether it’s verbal abuse, physical intimidation or refusal to take part in a class, facing extremely challenging behaviour is all in a day’s work for teachers, mentors and therapists at the Bridge.

Over four and a half thousand kids are permanently excluded from secondary school every year. With up to 90 kids and 30 staff including teachers, mentors and therapists, The Bridge AP Academy is one of the biggest schools of its kind in the country.

Filmed over a year this powerful series follows students at The Bridge as they try to turn their lives around.  We see challenging behaviour, yet we also discover the problems – from bereavement to family breakdown – that lie at the root of some of the kids behavioural issues.

Engaging and thought-provoking, the series gives a voice to young people who have been marginalised by exclusion and shows the work being done to help make their futures more hopeful.

Episode One – Tuesday 20th January – 9pm

15 year old Jess was excluded from her previous school for disruptive behaviour, a problem that started following the break-up of her family. Bright and articulate, Jess is capable of getting good GCSEs if she can only get her emotions under control.

13 year old Millie arrived at The Bridge having left two previous schools for verbally abusing teachers. However we soon get to discover another side of her as we learn she has suffered personal tragedy in recent years.  Meanwhile 13 year old Brandon has just arrived at The Bridge. Brandon would rather do anything than stay in class and it’s having a serious impact on his learning.

Episode 2 – Tuesday 27th January – 9pm

In the second programme, we follow students who are hoping to return to mainstream school. If reintegration is to happen, it needs to take place before students start their GCSEs, and only then if they can get their behaviour under control.  Around 30 students are assessed for a possible return to mainstream school each year, but on average just 7 will do so successfully.

13-year-olds Shannon and Taylor are both new arrivals. Taylor is initially keen to return to mainstream, but soon starts to find the Bridge more appealing.  Shannon on the other hand is determined to leave and pursues a place at a sought after secondary school. She is academically able and the school is interested in her, but her challenging behaviour starts to put the place in jeopardy.  Meanwhile 14 year old Craig is also hoping to get reintegrated, but can he avoid confrontations and rein in his bad language?

Episode 3 – Tuesday 3rd February – 9pm

Although it has to deal with a wide range of behavioural problems, the Bridge Academy in West London, still expects each student to get a minimum of 5 GCSEs. The stakes could not be higher. As exams approach and tensions mount, the children’s behaviour starts to go downhill.

In the third and last programme we follow 16-year-old Thomas, who hates school and learning. He lives for football, and wants to be a football coach, but will the school be able to keep him in a lesson for more than 5 minutes?  Meanwhile for 16-year-old Michael, passing his GCSEs would mean being able to go to college to pursue his love of animals, but will his fear of leaving the school sabotage his future?

Online:

OpenLearn has a wealth of information and resources in connection with the series, including an online discussion hub covering topics and questions arising from the series..  For further information go to OpenLearn

This 3-part series was commissioned by the  Open Media Unit , and is supported by the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, with particular relevance to BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth (Q23).

  • Commissioned by Dr Caroline Ogilvie
  • Nominated Academics, FELS ,  Dr Kieron Sheehy and Sheila Curran
  • Media Fellow, FELS, Fernando Rosell-Aguilar
  • Broadcast Project Manager, Caroline Green
  • Online Project Producer, Sarah Bridgman
Caroline Green

Caroline Green

 

Caroline Green
Broadcast Project Manager
The Open University

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Episode 5: My Shakespeare

David Harewood © Sky / Blakeway Productions

David Harewood © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The fifth episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 20th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.  David Harewood embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 5: Othello
Broadcasting Monday 20th October – 9.00pm

Homeland actor David Harewood delves into Shakespeare’s Othello, the tragic tale of how an honourable man is transformed into a jealous killer through the psychological manipulation of his alleged friend Iago.

Could you kill the person that you love? – Harewood asks as he unpicks the Moor of Venice’s vulnerabilities, the power of the doubt Iago cleverly plants in his fellow warrior’s mind about his wife Desdemona’s infidelity and the psychological motivation behind Othello’s eventual murder of his beloved spouse.

Online

OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 3: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line © BBC

Evan Davies © BBC

The third of eight episodes of a new series The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 16th October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 3: TripAdvisor Etc
Broadcasting Thursday 16th October – 8.30pm

Online postings about hotels, restaurants, hairdressers, electricians: How much can you trust the views of a total stranger when it comes to deciding what to buy, where to go and whose skills and services to employ? How do review sites monitor their online ratings and ensure they’re genuine?

Evan Davis and guests discuss the power of user generated reviews that can make or break a business. What can firms do to limit the damage of a bad review and how can they maximise a positive review?

Guests:

  • Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO, Trip Advisor
  • Colleen Curtis, Vice President, European Marketing, Yelp
  • Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO, Checkatrade

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 4: My Shakespeare

Hugh Bonneville © Sky / Blakeway Productions

Hugh Bonneville © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The fourth episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 13th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.  Hugh Bonneville embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 4: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Broadcasting Monday 13th October – 9.00pm

Hugh Bonneville embarks on a fascinating journey into the magic, mayhem and mischief of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For Bonneville, this play is hugely important. As an understudy at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 1986, his career was launched when he got the chance to play the part of Lysander. Critics celebrated his performance and he took the role for the theatre’s subsequent tour of the play.

Here we find out exactly what attracted him to the play itself.

Online

OpenLearnhas extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Launch of PUFin’s Managing My Money on OpenLearn

The launch of Managing My Money, PUFin’s first free course on personal financial management, was celebrated at Stormont on Tuesday 7th October 2014.

Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Simon Hamilton, the OU’s Ireland Director John D’Arcy together with Professor Sharon Collard and Martin Upton of the Open University Business School’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) addressed an audience comprising members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, business leaders and academics.

PUFIN

John D’Arcy, Director of The Open University in Ireland, Sharon Collard, Professor of Personal Finance Capability, The Open University, Martin Upton, Director of PUFin and Simon Hamilton, Finance Minister for Northern Ireland

Following opening addresses by Simon Hamilton and John D’Arcy, Martin Upton, Director of PUFin, provided a presentation on the first of the Centre’s courses on personal financial management, Managing My Money (MMM). Having been run with huge success on the FutureLearn platform earlier this year Martin explained how the course was now available, free of charge to the public, on the OU’s social learning platform OpenLearn.

Martin explained how MMM has a threefold purpose:-

  • Improving knowledge across the full personal finance spectrum, with the subject matter covering budgeting, debt management, investments, housing, pensions and insurance
  • encouraging  self-reflection by asking  learners to explore what sort of person they are when it comes to financial habits and decision making – for example identifying one’s bad financial habits
  • getting the learners to develop systematic ways of managing finance – be it individual decisions or the overall household budget and it balance sheet

The latter two objectives are of critical importance – MMM is not just ‘tick boxing’ the taking in of information but it’s about addressing behaviour and providing a legacy to learners by improving their financial management skills.

MMM also gets learners to set out their current financial position in a series of fact find documents. This tells them where they are financially and shines a light on what needs to be addressed.

Martin explained how MMM is neatly structured, involving 8 weeks of study, with circa 3 hours per week. The course is broken down into short digestible steps – as many as 25 in a single week. This approach fits the way we live and learn these days. Learners can do a couple of steps – step away –have a meal or watch TV and return to the course.

MMM uses a wide range of assets including an array of audio-visual materials. There are tests and quizzes to test how well content is being understood and absorbed.

The target audience is aged 16+, given that personal finance education now in schools across all of the UK.

Martin explained that MMM will be updated to accommodate policy changes affecting personal finances – many of which are expected as we move through the general election in 2015.

Sharon Collard completed the presentations, focussing on the research work of PUFin and in particular the current work being undertaken on the attitude of the public to risk when making decisions about financial products, particularly savings and investments. Sharon concluded by looking at the linkages between PUFin’s education and learning missions and its research activities – with each helping to inform the content of the other creating a ‘virtuous circle of learning’.

Register for MMM on Open Learn

Download our Green Paper ‘Towards a Common Understanding of Risk’

Sign up for updates from PUFin, the home of personal finance learning and research

Martin Upton
Director of PUFin
8th October 2014

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Episode 2: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

© BBC

The second of eight episodes of a new series The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 9th October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 2: Celebrities and Fans
Broadcasting Thursday 9th October – 8.30pm

Social advertising: Ewan Davis and guests discuss the growing power of celebrities, the rise of the money-making super-fans who “like” their products and the celebrity video bloggers with consumer clout.

How effective are these new social campaigns and how will they change the advertising industry?

Guests:

  • Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount
  • Dominic Burch, senior director marketing innovation and new revenue, Asda
  • Robin Grant, co-founder, We Are Social

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 3: My Shakespeare

Joseph Fiennes © Sky / Blakeway Productions

Joseph Fiennes © Sky / Blakeway Productions

The third episode of My Shakespeare broadcasts on Monday 6th October Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm.

Each programme in this new 6 part Open University/Sky Arts series features a leading actor exploring their passion for the world’s greatest dramatist.

The series includes:

Morgan Freeman on The Taming of The Shrew, Kim Cattrall on Anthony & Cleopatra, Joseph Fiennes on Romeo & Juliet, Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Harewood on Othello, Christopher Plummer on King Lear.

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

“This is our first collaboration with Sky Arts and the results are a fabulous set of programmes, that are rich not only in contemporary insight, but in the many clips from the great productions of the past. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

Derek Matravers, Media Fellow, Faculty of Arts

Episode 3: Romeo & Juliet
Broadcasting Monday 6th October – 9.00pm

The star of Shakespeare in Love examines Royal Ballet productions, musicals such as West Side Story, and Baz Luhrmann’s extraordinary cinematic re-imagination of Romeo & Juliet to understand why the love story remains the most adapted and performed of all Shakespeare’s works. Features interviews with Orlando Bloom and Stephen Sondheim.

Online

OpenLearn has extensive content in connection with the series subject areas. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy of Shakespeare.

This 6-part series was commissioned by Caroline Ogilvie, Open Media Unit, and is supported by the OU’s Faculty of Arts, with particular relevance to:

Find out more about the series on Sky.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 1: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

© BBC

The first of eight episodes of a new series of The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis, is scheduled for broadcast on Thursday 2nd October at 8.30pm on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 1: The Saviour Returns
Broadcasting Thursday 2nd October – 8.30pm

The best person for the job? Evan Davis hears from four bosses who took back control of the companies they had once founded.

Why did they leave and what events made them return? From boardroom coups to corporate collapses, entrepreneurs explain how they took the helm – for the second time – of the businesses they knew so well. What had changed while they were away? And what were the very first decisions they made when they walked back through the doors?

Guests:

  • Steve Morgan, founder, Redrow
  • Louise O’Sullivan, founder, Anam
  • Nick and Kath Whitworth, co-founders, Celtic Sheepskin

This episode is repeated on Saturday 4th October at 5.30pm.

Further Info

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

Get extra insight on OpenLearn and go beyond the headlines.

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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Episode 8: The Educators

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague © BBC

The eighth and final episode of The Educators, presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 1st October at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?

This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.

Episode 8: Salman Khan
Broadcasting Wednesday 1st October – 16:00

Sal Khan worked as a hedge-fund analyst before he set up the Khan Academy, almost by accident, when his cousin in another city needed help with her maths homework. Since then, his online video lessons have been watched half a billion times, and he’s been described by Bill Gates as ‘the world’s favourite teacher’.

In this programme, Sal Khan talks about how and why he set up the not-for-profit organisation. He tells Sarah Montague why he believes lesson time in school could be spent more effectively if the explanation of new ideas is done at home, with students watching video lectures, in a process known as ‘flipped learning’.

He argues that pupils should have the freedom to move at their own pace, only moving on when they have mastered a concept. He says this type of learning would be done best in larger classes made up of students from mixed age groups and abilities.

This episode will also be repeated on Monday 6th October at 00:15

Further Info

Find out more about the series, or if you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

Open Media Unit
The Open University

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