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  • 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

    Image of Bridget Nagomoro with Michael Lopuke, Under Secretary at the South Sudan Ministry of Education, at the recent conference in Oxford
    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’.

  • Open University workshop explores implications of Open Banking

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    13 September 2017

    A recent Open University workshop brought together academics, consumer representatives, regulators and industry to explore the implications of the introduction of Open Banking.

  • Examining refugee justice and asylum

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    11 September 2017

    Two new books on refugee justice and asylum by Dr Victoria Canning, Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University, will launch later this year.

    ‘Strategies for Survival, Recipes for Resistance’ (edited by Jasmin Caur, Victoria Canning, Anstey Gilley, Elisabeth Kabemba, Amina Rafique and Jennifer Verson) is a collection of photography, poetry, recipes, musical reflection and stories of the fight for refugee justice.