The OU has four strategic research areas aimed at addressing twenty-first century global challenges and promoting social justice.
We are rethinking the changing relationships between citizens and authorities, from global issues like migration to the increasing scrutiny of private lives.
We are the European leader for massive innovations in learning technologies which have worldwide influence and deliver digital education at scale.
We are pioneering a different, 'inclusive innovation' approach. We are working with poor and marginalised people developing their own solutions.
We are 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.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rankings from The Times Higher Education, almost three-quarters of OU submitted research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, and we came in the top third of UK higher education institutions for 'research power'.
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