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Research at the OU

The Open University is unique among UK universities in combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence. Research and knowledge exchange is fundamental to The Open University's founding principle: to be 'open to people, places, methods and ideas’.

Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to almost 170,000 students as the UK’s largest university. It informs the high-quality free open educational resources we provide to learners worldwide. It feeds into the TV and radio programmes we make with our partner the BBC, which reach an audience of 40 million viewers annually.

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Faculties & themes

Our current strategic plan is aimed at strengthening our academic reputation, improving our research environment, ensuring there is intellectual breadth and rigour across all our curriculum areas with a focus on a number of key themes.

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Partner with us

Our Enterprise team are dedicated to develop Knowledge Exchange opportunities and are the first port-of-call to begin exploring how the OU can work with you.

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Impact

Our world-leading innovative research and development ranks in the top third of UK universities. It influences policy and practices from local to global levels.

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Research degrees

The OU has a vibrant international community of research students working in state-of-the-art facilities with academics who are leading experts in their disciplines.

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Governance

Our research is conducted to the highest standards of excellence, rigour and integrity and is fully committed to internal and external policies and principles.

Work for us

Our careers mission is to provide excellent training and development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their career so that they excel in their profession.

News & articles

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New online interactive allows young people with life-threatening conditions to talk about sex

A new online interactive which encourages young people with life-limiting conditions to talk about sex and intimacy, is being launched this month (August 2019).

15th August 2019
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Upcoming Events

Sep 10

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

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Get in touch

Speak to our key research contacts by phone or email.

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Open Research Online database

OU research is available to all via our free public access online repository, home to thousands of peer-reviewed publications.

Go to the ORO website