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Shutterstock-320049485 Mars shot from space

New grant for science on Mars

OU researchers have been awarded £462,374 by the UK Space Agency to configure instruments to conduct new science on Mars.

9th February 2018
Credit: MPI-MMG

Day 30, Year of #Mygration: Call for Papers

Anecdotal evidence suggests that racialised researchers and public figures find themselves in an ambivalent position when the issue of migration suddenly becomes topical. Everyone wants to hear their views and attributes the perspectives they offer to their racialised bodies and experiential knowledge rather than to their professional expertise.

9th February 2018
Shutterstock-99150260 Farmer ploughing the farmland with wooden plough and bulls

New grant to support farmers in South India

The Open University has been awarded £50,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) initiative to research the responses of small and marginal farmers in South India to food security, biodiversity, and climate challenges.

8th February 2018
Shutterstock-531875605 Software engineering

New grant to advance OU software engineering

The Software Engineering and Design (SEAD) research group in the OU’s School of Computing and Communications has been awarded a prestigious five year Platform Grant  from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

7th February 2018
Brainteaser month

Is school bad for us?

Our third #BrainTeaser month academic video chat is around the topic: Is school bad for us?

7th February 2018

Day 29, Year of #Mygration: Border Crossing Monuments

Lesvos Island, May 2017.  From where I am standing I can see the Turkish coast.  During the night one can also see the lights on the other side of the Greek-Turkish border.  The other side.

7th February 2018

Day 28, Year of #Mygration: Asylum seekers in detention in Greece

Between 2008 and 2015, I was working as a human rights lawyer in various refugee detention centres in Greece. Due to the fact that the Greek state was not providing any legal aid for detained asylum seekers the burden of the provision of free legal aid was on very few NGOs.

7th February 2018
Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System book cover

Day 27, Year of #Mygration: Violence and harm in the British asylum system

OU academic Victoria Canning’s recently published book Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System draws together analyses of policy with domestic and international legislation relating to refugee status and torture, alongside the lived experience of women seeking asylum.

6th February 2018
Photo by Joanne Vincett: The Visitors Centre at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, UK

Day 26, Year of #Mygration: Volunteering inside a British immigration detention centre

In February’s theme, “Open To Places”, I would like to highlight a hidden place that most people do not tend to see or speak about in their everyday lives: A British immigration detention centre.

5th February 2018
John Birdsall / John Birdsall EMR / John Birdsall Social Issues Photo Library / Press Association Images / Universal Images Group

Day 25, Year of #Mygration: Supporting those who support

In the encounter between legal professionals and asylum claimants, the latter are the most vulnerable, requiring our help and support as a priority

2nd February 2018

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