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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

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Populism is seemingly sweeping the globe, threatening the established status quo. Optimistically, it promises to bring about much needed change to what appears to be a corrupt political and economic order. More ominously, it is dangerously promoting racism, sexism, xenophobia, jingoism, and attacking basic human rights around the world.

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