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Social Innovation and Public Engagement Workshop

24 October 2014 (9.45am-4pm)

The Open University Business School, Michael Young Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

In the aftermath of the global crisis, a number of profound challenges to sustaining socio-economic well-being have arisen. In the face of these challenges, international policy makers are now explicitly promoting the idea of equity as a means of sustainable economic growth. A crucial feature of this approach is how the combination of social innovation and digital technologies within different institutional settings can increase social inclusion and sustainable growth.

This workshop addresses these issues and encompasses a range of interests and expertise outside of and within the Open University. It provides the opportunity for all interested colleagues to engage with each other in order to establish collaboration and create networks to take this theme forward. One of the objectives of the workshop is to identify potential joint research projects and bids.

This workshop is co-organised by the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) / Centre for Innovation Knowledge and Development (IKD).

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Belfast Festival of Social Science - OU Workshops

6 November 2014 - 7 November 2014

The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

Come along to The Open University to explore BBC archives of environmental programmes over the last 60 years. The workshops offer fun and interesting exercises, looking at how we might re-use this vast collection of broadcasts and anticipating future digital online releases.

The workshops are open and free to everyone. They are suitable for anyone over the age of 14.

Workshop 1: My Life with Attenborough

Work with materials from across 60 years of David Attenborough's broadcasting about the world around us. You can tell your own story about what you know and think about the natural world, drawing on clips and other materials from his TV shows.

Workshop 2: Change the World

How can broadcast archive material be put to work and help get people more engaged in environmental issues? What are the most powerful ways of reusing and re-versioning these materials to get people thinking and acting?


Workshop 1: 10am - 12 noon

Workshop 2: 12noon - 2pm

Both workshops run Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November.

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The impact of the Scottish Independence Referendum on Devolution & Governance in the UK

12 November 2014 (13:30 - 16:00)

The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX

As part of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS), Dr Gerry Mooney and Dr Philip O'Sullivan (Lecturers at the Open University) will examine key issues surrounding the Scottish Referendum debate, such as:

* What was driving the demand for Scottish Independence on the part of a substantial proportion of the population of Scotland?

* What were the key welfare and social issues that emerged in the Independence debate and how might these now have a resonance for others parts of the United Kingdom?

Please email to reserve your place.

About KESS: “Promoting evidence-led policy and law-making within Northern Ireland” - that is the underlying aim of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS). KESS is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, formally partnering a legislative arm of government - the Assembly - with academia. Aiming to encourage debate and improve understanding, KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, across the Programme for Government; making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.


Higher Education in the Global South

12 November 2014 (10:30 - 12:30)

CMR 01, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The OpenSpace Research Centre is delighted to welcome Dr Ashley Gunter, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of South Africa. Ashley's presentation will focus on "Higher Education in the Global South: Internationalisation, localisation and the edu-scape of HE in South Africa".

The last decade has seen a burgeoning literature on international study. Academic mobility of student and staff, transnational education and the formation of international higher education networks have all received considerable attention.

However, most of these studies have focused on Europe, Australia and North America and more recently on Asia. South-South academic mobility has received much less attention. Dr Ashley Gunter addresses this gap by looking at Higher Education in the context of transnational education programmes in South Africa. Particularly, how this educational context, with its historical links to apartheid and the limited penetration of global satellite campuses, has an impact on the culture and dynamics of the internationalisation of HE.

South Africa is the most important destination country for international student migrants within the region. It is also an important regional hub for transnational education and for distance teaching. This is important in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, as the region has one of the highest mobility ratios of students in the world, with 4.9% of students moving to study abroad, while the world average is 2%. While transnational education still seems to be dominated by universities from the global North, regional mobility within Africa accounts for most of staff and student mobility.

This raises a number of empirical and theoretical questions: How does staff, student and institutional mobility map on to each other? What are the pedagogic requirements and practice requirements for students and academics within this transnational edu-scape? How are 'local agendas' produced and represented? And what does this mean for how we theorise the spaces of international study globally?

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Postgraduate Research Methods Day Schools

21 November 2014 (10:00 - 17:00)

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Making sense of numbers: methods to collect and analyse quantitative social data

This free research methods Day School is dedicated to quantitative social research methods. Whether you do qualitative or quantitative research, this event will introduce you to the new possibilities for social science research in our increasingly data-rich world.

The day is divided in two parts. In the first part, we will look at a variety of methods and techniques that can be used to collect and analyse social data. In the second part, participants will be invited to join one of three workshops:

a) Q-it-yourself by Dr Rose Capdevila : A workshop with Q methodology, which is used in research settings as a way to examine how people think about a topic.

b) Obtaining secondary data by Dr Katy Wheeler : A workshop that introduces you to the UK Data Service, an invaluable resource for accessing secondary data.

c) Analysing primary social data by Dr Nikoleta Jones and Mr Chrisovaladis Malesios: This workshop will introduce you to alternative statistical techniques to analyse quantitative social data. It will illustrate these techniques using a specific example of a large scale social survey.

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The Future Citizen Forum at Tate Modern

22 November 2014 - 6 December 2014

East Room, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

The Future Citizen Forum chaired by Engin Isin (Professor of Citizenship at the Open University) will explore civic activism and international arts practices through the following themes: values, borders, and affinities. The seminars will take place on 22nd, 29th November and 6th December.


Saturday 22 November 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Faiza Shaheen (Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children)

Cynthia Weber (Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and Co-Editor, International Feminist Journal of Politics)

About: Within the current political sphere in Europe and beyond we are seeing an attempt to define the values of society, values which dictate who belongs to this economy or society. What are the values that will or should guide the future citizen?


Saturday 29 November 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Bridget Anderson (Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS)

Jo Glanville, (Director of English PEN)

About: Many of the values that are being challenged today cross borders of nations: security, economy, environment, cyberspace. How are we to conceive the borders of the future citizen?


Saturday 6 December 2014, 14.00 - 16.00


Daniel Baker (Education Research and Strategy Director at Cubitt Gallery and Studios in Angel, Islington)

Binna Choi (Director of Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht)

About: The fraternity of citizens long bound them to nations and their citizenship has been conceived as nationality. But if the future challenges require imagining the future citizen differently, what will the basis of their affinities?

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Critical Reflections on the Scottish Independence Referendum

26 November 2014 (14:00 - 16:00)

Michael Young Building (Rooms 1-2), The Open Unviersity, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The OpenSpace Research Centre is delighted to welcome Dr Gerry Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University in Scotland, with Emeritus Professor Doreen Massey joining as a discussant for this seminar.

Gerry's presentation will focus on "Critical Reflections on the Scottish Independence Referendum: Questions of Class, Nation and Political Geography".

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum concluded that Scotland should stay within the United Kingdom - but for how long? For some commentators the No to Independence for Scotland outcome means that the issue of Scottish Independence has been killed off for some considerable time! The reality is far more complex and the future even more uncertain.

A Referendum which has appeared to give support to the continuation of the UK as we know it today has at the same time opened-up a wide ranging set of questions which are now shaking the foundations of the UK. There is now something of a growing Constitutional Crisis in the UK - and resolution of which can only appear to be at the benefit of one of the constituent countries of the UK at a cost for the others.

The Scottish Independence Referendum did not result in a crushing defeat for the pro-Independence movement. To claim such betrays a serious misunderstanding of the basis of that campaign and of the issues that ignited and fuelled the demands for Scottish Independence.

Where now for Scotland in the uncertain futures which now increasingly shape Scottish (and UK) politics and society today?

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