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  • China in Africa: free course explores the oil link

    Artwork of handshake superimposed on outlines of Africa and China
    27 September 2019

    Cutting-edge research into China’s growing influence in Africa has been translated into a free, online course.

  • Our research students working to increase access to cancer care

    Photo of Pallavi Joshi and Richard Arun
    4 September 2019

    Two GCRF-funded PhD students talk about their work.

  • OU-BBC radio series on Sustainable Development Goals to launch at ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum

    Words Pan Commonwealth Forum on open learning displayed on orange and green background
    3 September 2019

    The innovative radio series will invite 17-year-olds to challenge experts on SDGs.

  • A high point for TIDE project in Myanmar

    Photo of TIDE students celebrating by waving their certificates of participation
    25 June 2019

    The first Open University international development programme to operate in Myanmar has reached a milestone with its residential school for 228 university academics and staff.

  • Research seeds ‘transformative’ initiative in southern Africa

    Photo of women in Tanzania carrying water jars
    11 June 2019

    Research led by The Open University is behind a potentially ‘transformative’ regional monitoring system being rolled out across 16 countries in southern Africa.

  • Research, but not as we know it

    participants in multilingualism event at Tate Exchange
    5 June 2019

    Arts, academia and activism came together in an exciting mix at the Tate Exchange ‘Who are we?’ programme organised by The Open University and Counterpoints Arts.

  • One academic and his camera: how OU lecturer opens a window on life in the steppes

    Photo by John Oates of Kyrgyz family at home
    29 April 2019

    John Oates’ latest documentary film opens a window on to a centuries-old way of life surviving cheek by jowl with the digital age.

  • Pioneer of international development at the OU dies

    Photo of Ben Crow
    24 April 2019

    We are sad to report the death of Professor Ben Crow, a founder member of Development Policy and Practice (DPP) at The Open University.

  • ‘Mission critical’: nurses’ champion reflects on global healthcare, development and open learning

    Barbara Stilwell
    25 March 2019

    Open University alumna Barbara Stilwell is leading a campaign to put nursing at the forefront of global health.


  • Supporting access to clean water and sanitation for all

    Group photo of attendees at Count Me In launch event
    22 March 2019

    A free resource to raise awareness of how significant sections of society can be excluded from developments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been created by WaterAid Ethiopia and The Open University.

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