Migrants and migration matter to The Open University and to all of us.
2018 is The Open University's Year of Mygration. The Open University is ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’ so has always welcomed migrants as students and staff, and has encouraged pioneering methods of learning, teaching, research and engagement around the themes of migration, refugees, mobility and belonging.
The Vice-Chancellor convened a gathering on these themes in 2017 and welcomed the idea of a sustained focus on migration during 2018. Our Year of ‘Mygration’ emphasises that we are all affected by migration, whether or not we ourselves or immediate families are migrants. The issues of migration are vital to understanding not just current UK politics but also the world’s economies and communities.
Every day we share a reflection on the broad theme of migration which showcases the work of the OU academics and our partners. Be it a short blog, podcast or archive clip, tweet or link.
January 2018 began with a series of reflections on being ‘Open to People’. February continued with the theme ‘Open to Places’, March 'Open to Methods' and April scheduled to focus on being 'Open to Ideas'.
The Year of Mygration is a collaboration between the Citizenship & Governance and the International Development & Inclusive Innovation Strategic Research Areas of the OU.