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.
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.