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Research to bridge the gap between marginalised communities and tech developers

A project which will join up conversations about future technologies between communities which tend to be marginalised and industry partners has just got funding.

9th July 2020
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Call for long-term investment in Violence Reduction Units

The final report of the cross-party Youth Violence Commission (YVC), launched today (Monday 13 July 2020), calls for long-term investment in Violence Reduction Units to keep young people safe.

9th July 2020
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Research to develop smart manufacturing processes for Space materials

OU researchers have received funding to develop smart manufacturing processes for Space materials.

8th July 2020
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Recommendations to improve the mental health of emergency responders

A new report out this week (6 July 2020), makes recommendations to improve the mental health of emergency responders.

7th July 2020
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New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed in the UK

An OU academic is leading the expert panel strand of a new research project to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed in the UK.

6th July 2020
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Make meadow hay while the sun shines, but when?

As the haymaking season begins, an OU PhD student is researching the importance of getting the timing of hay cutting right.

2nd July 2020
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Discovery of sulfide as an energy source for microbes that has potential for Mars

Researchers have discovered that sulfide is an energy source that works in the bitter cold of Canada and could help microorganisms to grow on Mars.

2nd July 2020
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Effect of COVID-19 lockdown experience on refugees and asylum seekers

An OU research project into the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees during COVID-19 lockdown, finds that many have endured similar situations before.

16th June 2020
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Researchers discover green glow around Mars

Researchers have discovered a green glow around Mars, reported in Nature Astronomy this week (15 June 2020).

16th June 2020
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OU Postgraduate Research Poster Competition 2020

The OU Postgraduate Research Poster Competition 2020 (10 June 2020) showcased a wide range of OU research and reinforced the contribution these PhD and Professional Doctorate students make to the OU research community.

10th June 2020

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