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The LGBT Foundation article - A Reflection on LGBT Suicide

People of any sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be affected by suicidal intent, for a wide range of reasons, but unfortunately LGBT people are twice more likely to end their own lives. 

5th September 2018

Join us for Refugee Week in June

The Open University is marking international Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June) with a range of free events in Milton Keynes and London. The events include an art exhibition, talks and a film showing focused on the real experiences of people who have been forced to leave their country to find safety.

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world. In the UK, the week sees a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK.

18th June 2018

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers 2017

Compiled by a dedicated panel of judges, organisations have been scored on their performance in a range of areas within the diversity arena. This exclusive resource has identified the true leaders in this field, focusing on representation at management, senior, executive and board level.

20th December 2017

"Closing the Chasm" conference 1 February 2017

This conference will address the Student Ethnicity Attainment Gap and BME Career Progression in Higher Education, and will be chaired by Pro-Chancellor Richard Gillingwater.  You will be able to share your knowledge and wisdom and have the opportunity to benefit from what others in the sector are doing.

We have an impressive line-up of people who will be sharing their expertise, including:

17th January 2017

Our Migration Story

Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaboration between the Runnymede Trust and academics based at the universities of Cambridge and Manchester.

14th October 2016

The Department of Physical Sciences receives Athena SWAN Silver award

The Department of Physical Sciences (DPS) has received an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of its support for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).  DPS is the first department in the University to be awarded the Silver award recognising its activities towards reducing inequalities in research, teaching and day-to-day department processes.

5th May 2016

The OU achieves Bronze award for Disability Standard

We are delighted to announce that The Open University was evaluated by the Business Disability Forum (BDF) and achieved a Bronze status in the Disability Standard.

The OU is now one of only two UK universities that holds Disability Standard status. The Disability Standard report stated that, "For a first submission this is outstanding. The OU should be immensely proud of its achievement as many organisations who achieve Bronze have been working closely with the BDF for many years".

4th May 2016

Launch of OU's Equality Scheme 2016-2020

The Open University's new Equality Scheme was officially launched by the Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks at  an event in the Berrill Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 19 April. There was a distinguished list of speakers including David Ruebain, Chief Executive of The Equality Challenge Unit,  Sharon Pegg, Head of Diversity, The Co-operative,  Victoria Pearson, Senior Lecturer at The OU and one of the leads on the submission for Juno Champion status and Paul Sesay, Founder of the National Diversity Awards.

22nd March 2016

Refugees’ scheme names OU as 'Education and Trainer of the Year'

At its recent awards ceremony, The Bridges Programmes, a unique scheme for refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, named the OU as ‘Education and Trainer of the Year 2015’.

1st December 2015

Equality Scheme consultation feedback

Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback on the draft proposals for the University's new equality objectives for 2016 - 2020, which will form part of the University's Equality Scheme 2016 - 2020.

21st October 2015

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