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Awards and achievements

The OU’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods, and ideas. Researchers join our community because we are known as innovative and inclusive and have the technology and global influence to change people’s lives across the world.

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 professional areas. In pursuing this mission, we have been conferred a number of internationally recognised awards.

Research awards and accreditations

Awarded six Athena SWAN Awards

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Our Athena SWAN Bronze Awards recognise our solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture.

We received a bronze institutional award in 2013 (renewed in 2016) and have since received four departmental bronze awards in recognition of our support to women working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

In April 2016, the OU’s School of Physical Sciences was awarded Athena SWAN Silver status.

Learn more about the OU's involvement in Athena Swan.

Acknowledged for excellent practice for women

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The School of Physical Sciences has Institute of Physics (IOP) Juno Champion status which acknowledges excellent practice in relation to female academics in subjects allied to Physics.

Awarded for HR Excellence in Research

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We are recognised for commitment to researcher career development.

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

View The Open University's Concordat Implementation Plan and Action Tracker 2017-2020, its revised Success Measures for 2019-20 and Six Year Interim Review Report.

Find out more about the OU’s School of Physical Sciences.