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Awarded for HR Excellence in Research

We are recognised for commitment to researcher career development.

The European Commission's ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge acknowledges The Open University's alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment, the University’s alignment with the UK QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes  and the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Open University's Concordat Implementation Plan can be accessed here.

Research that changes the world

The OU does world-leading innovative research and development which influences policy and enriches lives.

It designs more effective sensors for space.  Read more


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Research that protects against flooding

Open University research in science protects plants in floodplain meadows.

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Global reach of postgraduate research students

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