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Community gardener and book - photo by Jan van Duppen

Research into how urban gardening helps people to make sense of life

An OU academic has been funded to research how urban gardens can help people to make sense of their lives and their environment.

21st March 2019
Monsoon clouds approach in India

Indian summer monsoon amplified global warming 130,000 years ago, helping end ice age

The past may be a surprisingly useful guide for predicting responses to future climate change. This is especially important for places where extreme weather has been the norm for a long time, such as the Indian subcontinent.

19th March 2019
Woman reading a book

Imperfect and absurd, the modern literary heroine is a woman of our times

The way women are portrayed is changing. In film, The Favourite has won numerous awards and features three women, variously wild and untameable, as joint protagonists.

18th March 2019
Starry sky

New research grant for X-ray observatory to examine the Universe

OU researchers have been awarded £979,000 from the UK Space Agency to develop an X-ray observatory to get clearer images of the Universe.

15th March 2019
Migrant children

Researching the concept of care for children in the asylum system

An OU academic is co-leading a project with Rachel Rosen (University College London), which will investigate the care of child migrants who are separated from their families.

14th March 2019
Rick Holliman

Fairness in knowing': How should we engage with the sciences?

To celebrate The Open University at 50, Richard Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research, explored selected examples from the OU’s curriculum, research and knowledge exchange portfolios in this inaugural lecture.

13th March 2019
Jo Brewis

Menopause and the workplace

During The Open University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Jo Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Faculty of Business and Law, delivered her inaugural on the effects of menopause in the workplace.

5th March 2019
Martin Weller

Aspects of the Open: The evolution of the meaning of open education

As The Open University celebrated its 50th anniversary and its mission of openness, Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the OU, examined what the term ‘open’ means and considered what an ‘Open University’ would look like if we were to invent it now.

20th February 2019
Student using a tablet and writing notes

OU academic calls for digital textbooks in the UK

An OU academic has completed a £90,000 grant to develop digital textbooks, so that they are adopted in the UK.

19th February 2019
Transgender with lipstick

Improving the integration of care for transgender people

An OU-led research partnership has been awarded £723,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to research the integration of care for transgender people.

7th February 2019

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