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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

Athena Swan Bronze award imageAwarded three Athena SWAN Bronze Awards

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 and then two departmental bronze awards in 2014 in recognition of our support to women working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

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

HR Excellence in Research logo imageAwarded for HR Excellence in Research 

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 2017-2020 and Four Year Report.

Juno Champion Award imageAcknowledged for excellent practice for women

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

Find out more about the Institute of Physics by visiting the IOP website.