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New research grant to investigate water on Mars

An OU researcher has been awarded £331,000 from the UK Space Agency Aurora Scheme to investigate whether the discovery of water and iron elements on Mars makes it a habitable environment.

30th July 2018

Day 149, Year of #Mygration: Does Diversity Impact Negatively on Social Capital?

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo from The Open University draws on the work of political scientist Robert Putnam to develop ideas he shared in a previous blog post, relating to social capital

30th July 2018
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Day 148, Year of #Mygration: Performing Citizenship with Dr Agnes Czajka

Dr Agnes Czajka explores what performing citizenship means, and inquires into how theories and methodologies of performativity can contribute to re-interpreting citizenship as an effective way of being, rather than a static, formal status

27th July 2018
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Three days is still too long to hold pregnant women in immigration detention

It’s been two years since a coalition of lobbying groups in the UK successfully challenged Home Office policy on the immigration detention of pregnant women. Under the new policy, enforced in mid-July 2016, pregnant women can now only be detained for a maximum of 72 hours (three days), or up to one week with the agreement of a minister.

26th July 2018

Day 147, Year of #Mygration: Non-Citizens and Others with Dr Tendayi Bloom

In this podcast, Dr Tendayi Bloom interrogates citizenship from the margins, by tracing the exclusionary features of citizenship based on nationality, class, ‘race’, gender and sexuality. She also asks whether citizenship can be rethought to be inclusive

26th July 2018

Day 146, Year of #Mygration: The Scope of Citizenship with Dr Sara de Jong

Today's podcast is led by Dr Sara de Jong. Listeners will hear her explore the scope of citizenship. Is politics confined to the realm of the state and its institutions, or does it extend beyond it, into the public realm of civil society?

25th July 2018
Dr Tendayi Bloom in discussion with Dr Sara de Jong

Day 145, Year of #Mygration: Citizenship, the State and Civil Society with Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr Sara de Jong

In today's podcast, Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr Sara de Jong explore the relationship between citizenship, the state and civil society, including asking where asking where politics and the political are located

24th July 2018
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OU-led project awarded funding to improve access to cancer care in East Africa

The Open University has been awarded nearly £700,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to lead an East Africa-India-UK research collaboration to improve access to cancer care in East Africa.

23rd July 2018
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Are we prepared to use water smartly?

People's attitudes towards water usage, is one of the topics that OU academics discussed with Laurie Taylor, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Aloud programme, for  Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes, which will be broadcast on Wednesday 25 July at 4pm.

23rd July 2018
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Researching the future of education

What is the Future of Education? How could the teaching and learning horizon evolve in years to come? Join the OU’s latest campaign, #TomorrowsEd to see what OU researchers predict.

23rd July 2018

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