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  • 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.

  • ICCA project holds inception workshop in Kenya

    The KEMRI Deputy Director, Research, Dr Evans Amukoye, joins a group photograph of workshop participants
    5 March 2019

    The Kenyan team in the GCRF-funded project on Innovation for Cancer Care (ICCA), at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), held an inception workshop last month in Nairobi

  • Innogen looks back on impact and forward to post-Brexit strategy

    Innogen event Panel members
    2 March 2019

    The Innogen Institute has celebrated its 16th anniversary with an event both retrospective and forward-looking. 

  • Distance teacher education in Ghana could ‘leapfrog’ ahead, research finds

    Photo of Eric Addae Kyeremeh
    22 February 2019

    Distance education provision for initial teacher education in Ghana could take a leap ahead, thanks to a fruitful partnership between the OU’s School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport and the University of Cape Coast. 

  • Development Management MSc secures Commonwealth Scholarships at ‘end of era’

    Photo of Commonwealth Scholars from earlier years with OU tutor
    30 January 2019

    Commonwealth Scholarships worth a total of £180,000 have been awarded to fund 10 Ugandan development practitioners to study The Open University’s MSc in Development Management.


  • Open University joins the UN Global Compact

    pictorial image of the 17 sustainable development goals
    29 January 2019

    The OU is one of 13 UK academic organisations who have joined the United Nations Global Compact, demonstrating our commitment to do business responsibly and to advance sustainable development. 

  • The future of co-operation

    23 January 2019

    With more than 1 billion members worldwide, co-operatives are a significant global phenomenon. But can they enable us to address key social and economic issues of our time? An OU seminar was held to find out.

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