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Key themes

Our current strategic plan for research – Research Shaping the Future – is aimed at strengthening our academic reputation, improving our research environment, ensuring there is intellectual breadth and rigour across all our curriculum areas and also creating a focus on a number of key themes.

Citizenship & Governance

OU research is rethinking the changing relationships between citizens and authorities in the 21st century. Its scope ranges from global issues like migration, to the increasing scrutiny of private lives.

International Development

International Development research at the OU is pioneering a different approach which we call ‘inclusive innovation’. We are working with poor and marginalised people developing their own solutions.

Space Exploration

The OU is one of the top three university space science centres in the UK. OU scientists play key roles in iconic missions, such as Rosetta, the first comet landing.

Technology enhanced learning

The Open University is the European leader for massive innovations in learning technologies which have worldwide influence and deliver digital education at scale.

Health & Wellbeing

Within the context of an ageing demographic, the OU focuses on evidence-based interventions to reduce the disease burden, prevent ill-health and promote wellbeing.

Faculties & projects

Our projects are managed and implemented across our four faculties and two research institutes.

News & articles

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OU research into Grenfell Tower shortlisted for award

Research by OU academics dedicated to the continued struggle for truth, justice and recognition for all those who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2018 Research in Film Awards.

25th September 2018
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