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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
  • host over 900 registered postgraduate students
  • work with 23 Affiliated Research Centres worldwide
  • and house over 33,000 OU research publications on our Open Research Online database

News & articles

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New grant to explore the trans-European dimensions of Romanticism

An OU researcher has received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to research how best to conceive and present European Romanticisms to various audiences.

19th January 2018
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Upcoming Events

Jan 30

The power of learning analytics for a better study experience

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -

18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Feb 6

Context in public management, the missing link

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -

18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, Open University, MK6 7AA

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