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  • New free course explores: What are the borders of Europe?

    24 September 2018

    This is an excerpt from a free online course exploring the roots and borders of the idea of Europe. The full course is available on the OU's FutureLearn platform.

  • Researching treatment of diabetes-related depression in Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 August 2018

    The first network dedicated to advancing research into the treatment of diabetes-related depression in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), has launched with a ‘fantastic’ workshop in Nairobi.

    The Community Intervention Network for Diabetes and Depression (CoIN-DD) links leading African and UK researchers and specialists in diabetes and related mental health issues, with early career researchers in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

  • How can we empower women and girls worldwide?

    7 August 2018

    Last month, The Open University (OU) held a workshop to discuss the challenges facing women and girls around the world, and also the hurdles faced by researchers wanting to address these challenges.

    Bringing together academics from across the OU and researchers and practitioners from Tanzania, the UK, Nigeria and New Zealand who have worked on gender empowerment programmes, participants discussed a wide range of issues facing women and girls globally, including:

  • OU-led project awarded funding to improve access to cancer care in East Africa

    24 July 2018

    The Open University has been awarded nearly £700,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to lead an East Africa-India-UK research collaboration to improve access to cancer care in East Africa.

  • Chair of International Development wins award for Outstanding Contribution to Research

    21 July 2018

    The 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Research at The Open University Award was presented to Professor Giles Mohan, OU Chair of International Development, this month for research which spans 25 years and focuses on African development.

    The awards were presented at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards 2018 ceremony, which were held at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes on 11 July 2018.

  • OU research to collaborate with India on empowering methodologies

    12 July 2018

    OU researchers have received a grant to define and develop the concept of ‘empowering methodologies’ in the postcolonial, globalised context of India.

    Emma Bell, Professor of Organisation Studies in the OU’s Faculty of Business and Law, has secured funding from the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) for the £50,000 Developing Empowering Methodologies in Business and Management Research project.

  • Refugee Week event hears of trauma caused by detention

    4 July 2018

    A public discussion held in Milton Keynes to mark Refugee Week heard a powerful testimony of the trauma wreaked by the immigration detention system.

    A former detainee called Jury described how being twice confined in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, for which she is now receiving counselling.

    On one occasion she was detained without prior warning, and without any of her possessions. 

  • Refugee Crisis: New book shows solidarity and hope on Lesvos

    3 July 2018

    A new book has launched showing an intimate portrayal of everyday life in a refugee camp on the island of Lesvos. But the camp that has offered support and hope to so many is under serious threat of closure...

  • OU hosts origami installation for Refugee Week

    2 July 2018

    Beautiful, fragile forms locked in cages – rarely does an art installation come so laden with symbolism as that held at The Open University’s Milton Keynes campus to mark Refugee Week.

    The artworks on display – colourful, intricate objects, many recalling birds and animals – were laboriously crafted out of tiny pieces of paper by women migrants and asylum seekers detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire.

  • New OU-led book compares primary education across the world

    30 June 2018

    A unique comparative education textbook that focuses on primary education has been edited by two Open University education researchers.

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