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Researchers and Research Fellows

Delivering research excellence depends on attracting, developing and retaining high-achieving research staff.

Our aim is to support the development of all research staff and to nurture our early-career researchers.

Research support

Join our research community and you will:

  • benefit from our vast information resources and unrivalled expertise in distance learning and associated technologies
  • access a wide range of online information resources
  • enjoy a 40 hectare landscaped campus only 45 minutes from London
  • work in laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for research into space, the environment, brain activity, music and more
  • receive dedicated research support from Library Services to enable you to manage your research profile and disseminate your publications and data.

Committed to researcher career development

We provide training and development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers. This includes postgraduate students, researchers on short (or long) term contracts and academic staff.  

Research funding opportunities

There are many sources of external funding available to researchers and research fellows at The Open University.

The majority of our research gets funded by the seven UK research councils:

We also attract a significant amount of funding from the European Union, particularly on EU Seventh Framework Programmes (FP7).

News & articles

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Supporting UK business contributions to UK space industry

OU researchers, led by OU Professor of Electro-Optics, Andrew Holland are part of a consortium of UK universities and organisations to be awarded almost £5 million to support small businesses in enhancing innovation in the UK space industry.

22nd May 2018
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Upcoming Events

Jun 13

What is the future of professional knowledge and learning?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00 to 15:30

The Open University, 1 - 11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

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

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