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Our research is designed to have impact, influence policy and practice and change lives for the better. We maximise our impact through major collaborations with external organisations ranging from public bodies to third sector to business.

Our current strategic plan for research 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 ‘strategic research areas’. These are currently:

Academic Excellence is one of the strategic objectives that make up the OU’s Students First: Strategy for Growth.

Our aim is to ensure OU research is externally recognised for excellence and impact, delivering substantial benefits to the University’s mission and priorities.

In the years ahead, we will use the intellectual leadership derived from our research to support even more effectively our primary purpose of creating educational opportunities and increasing social mobility.

Key facts about OU research

Our world-leading innovative research and development ranks in the top third of UK universities. It influences policy and practices from local to global levels.

  • We spend approximately £60m on research each year, generating an income of more than £30m annually
  • We host over 800 registered postgraduate students
  • We work with 18 Affiliated Research Centres, supporting research students, worldwide
  • We house over 38,000 OU research publications on our Open Research Online database
  • We ranked in the top third of UK universities in REF 2014 using the Himes Higher Education Power Score

News & articles

Woman comforting a depressed man

New research to address mental health challenges in Guyana

An OU academic is leading an ambitious new research project to address mental health challenges in Guyana.

8th April 2019
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Upcoming Events

May 21

Youth crime and justice: Does age matter?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

Jun 4

The idea of justice in innovation and development

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

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