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  • Who are ‘we’ in a moving world? A focus on citizenship today

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    27 November 2017

    Look in today’s media, and you would be hard-pushed to miss stories touching on borders, citizenship and migration. In a world where increased polarisation is leading to the rise of xenophobia and solidarity activism (think the impact of the EU Referendum and the independence vote in Catalonia, as just two examples), increasingly we need to find a space to ask who we are and how we know who we are.

  • Applications invited for new fully-funded PhD opportunities

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    16 November 2017

    The Open University is recruiting for fully-funded part-time and full-time PhD opportunities in the social sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

  • Funding for research to support small farmers in South India

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    6 November 2017

    The Open University has been awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to research the creative responses of small farmers in South India to food security, biodiversity and climate challenges. 

  • Open University academics present innovation research at Globelics

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    4 November 2017

    Open University academics recently presented research focused on international innovation at the esteemed 15th Globelics International Conference in Athens. 

  • Open University module contributor wins Nobel Prize for Economics

    4 November 2017

    Professor Richard Thaler, a contributor to the OU’s module ‘Doing economics: people, markets and policy’ (DD309), has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics.

    Professor Thaler is one of the founders of behavioural economics and he explains in his podcast how the Obama government chose to boost the American economy by giving people regular payments as opposed to an equivalent one-off sum which research shows people tend to save.

  • New project aims to challenge barriers to learning in urban Africa

    3 November 2017

    A new project led by The Open University has been awarded funding by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The iBali Network project will last 15 months and is focused on helping young people in Africa to gain more from secondary education by using storytelling to increase engagement between teachers and young people.

  • New MOOC for teachers and educators in Africa

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    19 October 2017

    A free course is being launched for teachers and educators in Africa by the TESSA programme (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) which is co-ordinated by The Open University.

  • Student perspective: Studying the OU MSc in Development Management

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    12 October 2017
    Ever wondered what it is like to study for a postgraduate qualification as a mature student? Jayne Cravens, an international consultant who has just completed an OU MSc in Development Management, shared her experience of studying on her blog. We love her honesty and wanted to share an excerpt below to help anyone else thinking about studying. The key, she says, is choosing a subject that sparks your interest and ignites your passions. Development Management did that for her, and here is an excerpt from her blog post:
  • OU Development Management student breaks down barriers to girls in education

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    2 October 2017

    OU student, Bridget Nagomoro, spoke at a recent meeting of the Gulmakai Network of activists which supports a global campaign by Malala Yousafzai for girls’ rights to education.

  • Open University attends DSA Conference on societies, growth and social justice

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    28 September 2017

    The Open University attended this year’s DSA Conference, which took place at the University of Bradford in September and focused on ‘Sustainability interrogated: societies, growth and social justice’.