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John D'Arcy, National Director

Highlights from 2017...

As 2017 comes to an end, take a look back over what has been a fantastic year for The Open University.

12th December 2017

OU in Ireland hosts panel discussion on Languages of Ulster

On 22 November, The Open University in Ireland hosted a discussion event on the recent BBC/OU co-production Languages of Ulster. The three-part documentary series, explored Ulster’s unique linguistic traditions – Irish Gaelic, northern Hiberno English and Ulster-Scots – and the relationship between them.

22nd November 2017
Metamorphic: 21st Century Poets respond to Ovid

OU Academic publishes new book, Launch of Metamorphic: 21st Century Poets respond to Ovid

Nessa O’Mahony, Associate Lecturer at The Open University (OU) is co-editor of a new international poetry anthology Metamorphic: 21st Century Poets respond to Ovid. 

17th November 2017
Languages of Ulster

New TV series unlocks the Languages of Ulster

A fascinating, new three-part documentary series, co-produced by The Open University and BBC Two Northern IrelandLanguages of Ulster aired Sunday 12th November at 10pm.  It explored Ulster’s unique linguistic traditions – Irish Gaelic, northern Hiberno English and Ulster-Scots – and the relationship between them.

9th November 2017
“Robotic telescopes COAST and PIRATE” / Credit: Alan Cayless (The Open University)

OU brings astronomical telescopes to students in their home

The OU Faculty of STEM is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students whenever and wherever they are in the world.

10th October 2017
John D'Arcy, Aogán Ó Fearghail, Mickey Harte and Richard Gillingwater

The Open University honours Gaelic football icon, Mickey Harte

Renowned Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was honoured by The Open University with the award of Doctor of the University at a ceremony in Croke Park on Friday 28th April. Mr Harte had his award conferred alongside 135 graduating students – from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers.

10th October 2017
Jack Wright

OU PhD student names a crater on Mercury after Irish poet

OU PhD student, Jack Wright has been given the honour of naming a 120km diameter crater on Mercury which he identified through his mapping of the planet.

10th October 2017

Rosetta may be crashing, but its legacy lives on here on Earth, says OU academic

The Rosetta Mission will end with a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P on Friday 30 September 2016*; however, its legacy will live on in applications on Earth, developed by academics at The Open University, including detecting cancer and sniffing bed bugs.

10th October 2017

OU academic amongst team of astronomers to discover an Earth-like planet

An international team of astronomers has detected a planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The research, which has been published in Nature to a global audience, suggests that the planet is at just the right distance from Proxima Centauri for liquid water to exist on its surface and has the potential to support life.

10th October 2017
Sheila Coleman

The Open University honours Hillsborough justice campaigner, Sheila Coleman in Dublin

People from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, from a spectrum of careers and industries gathered at Croke Park on Friday 13th May to celebrate achieving their degrees with The Open University.

10th October 2017

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