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ThinkstockPhotos-896151015 - This is an artists concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver

Cassini crashes: it’s time for a new mission to explore the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons

NASA’s Cassini mission has made its “death plunge” into the swirling clouds of Saturn after 20 years of exploring the planet and its moons.

18th September 2017
Professor Joyce Tait

OU academic appointed to the Council for Science and Technology

Professor Joyce Tait has been appointed to the Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues.

14th September 2017
China workshop

OU educational technology workshop in China attracts over 27,000

The OU’s first Sino-UK Symposium on Technology and Language Teaching in Beijing, held on 27 – 28th August 2017, attracted over 27,000 participants.

13th September 2017

Top award for innovation in international education

The OU’s reputation as the European leader for massive innovations in learning technologies was endorsed this month (8 September 2017), through the award for progressive education delivery at this year's PIEoneer Awards. Read the news story.

13th September 2017
Trust me, I’m not the one to ask

Does poor spelling really mean Donald Trump isn’t fit to be president?

In the aftermath of a controversial clash of protests in Boston, Donald Trump sent out a tweet about the need to heal the nation – managing in the process to misspell the word “heal”.

13th September 2017

Three OU projects shortlisted for Times Higher Education Awards 2017

OU initiatives which demonstrate innovation in teaching and research impact have been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 and the Open University Business School is in the running for Business School of the Year.

7th September 2017
BBC Panorama went undercover at Brook House, near Gatwick Airport

Brutality of British immigration detention system laid bare

An exposé of an immigration removal centre has uncovered shocking levels of violence and abuse directed at detainees awaiting potential deportation from the UK. While some staff at the Brook House centre for men near Gatwick Airport, run by the company G4S, tried to control the “chaos”, others were clearly seen mocking and assaulting detainees.

6th September 2017
Ian Halsey/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Milton Keynes is bidding to be 2023 Capital of Culture – it should be taken seriously

The British city of Milton Keynes is probably not the most obvious contender for the title of 2023 European Capital of Culture. It hasn’t exactly got a reputation for being a cultural hot spot: jokes about the blandness of Milton Keynes are entrenched in the popular imagination.

6th September 2017
Mental health continues to be a problem among sexual minority teenagers.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers at much greater risk of depression

Adolescence can be tough for young people, but it can be especially hard for teenagers who aren’t straight.

6th September 2017
Sunitha Pangala in wetladn environment

New research grant to understand the role of trees in methane emission

An OU researcher has been awarded over £500,000 to research the role of trees in the methane cycle.

30th August 2017

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