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Our research is designed to have impact, influence policy and practice and change lives for the better. We maximise our impact through major collaborations with external organisations ranging from public bodies to third sector to business.

Our current strategic plan for research is aimed at strengthening our academic reputation, improving our research environment, ensuring there is intellectual breadth and rigour across all our curriculum areas and also creating a focus on ‘strategic research areas’. These are currently:

Academic Excellence is one of the strategic objectives that make up the OU’s Students First: Strategy for Growth.

Our aim is to ensure OU research is externally recognised for excellence and impact, delivering substantial benefits to the University’s mission and priorities.

In the years ahead, we will use the intellectual leadership derived from our research to support even more effectively our primary purpose of creating educational opportunities and increasing social mobility.

Key facts about OU research

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.

  • We spend approximately £60m on research each year, generating an income of more than £30m annually
  • host over 900 registered postgraduate students
  • work with 23 Affiliated Research Centres worldwide
  • and house over 33,000 OU research publications on our Open Research Online database

News & articles

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OU research to tackle extremism among England's youth

An Open University (OU) research project has been awarded almost £100,000 to evaluate the usefulness of virtual technology (VR) to combat extremism among vulnerable young people.

14th June 2018
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Upcoming Events

Jun 26

OU inaugural lecture to address new ways of organising

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Jul 17

Should we risk lives to save history?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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