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Why switching aid to defence may not increase UK security

25 November 2020

UK government to increase defence spending by £16bn and slash overseas aid by £3bn. Alan Shipman highlights why switching aid to defence may not increase UK security.

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Surfer Celia’s balancing act helps secure Grand Union Scholarship

10 November 2020

After graduating from the Open University’s MSc in Global Development Management, Celia Bartlett secured a prestigious Studentship researching equity for women coffee producers.

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Businesses set to play greater role in curbing domestic violence, leading expert tells UN General Assembly

28 October 2020

Businesses will be obliged to have policies to support victims of gender-based violence, says Open University researcher Dr Jane Pillinger. 

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Funding will forge new links to fight serious global challenges

10 October 2020

We are delighted to advise that three OU researchers have won networking grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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Award for Nollywood impact research

4 October 2020

A doctoral thesis on the Nigerian film industry has won an award for Open University student Alexander Bud.

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First-class research and authentic connections to the Global South

8 September 2020

Senior Research Manager, Simone Arthur, explains how the OU's Strategic Research Area in International Development and Inclusive Innovation can build on its 5 years of success so far.

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African women’s voices showcased in new series

8 September 2020

The Open University and the social and political website openDemocracy have launched a new series on women’s entrepreneurial journeys, led by Dr Michael Ngoasong.

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IGATE project in Zimbabwe scores top marks

8 September 2020

The IGATE project, which supports girls’ education in Zimbabwe, has been awarded a score of A++ in its annual funding review.

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Exploring race and policing in the UK and the USA

4 September 2020

Ten students from The Open University’s Open Justice Centre are taking part in a Freedom Law Clinic project exploring race and policing in the UK and the USA.

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Keeping it real: how the OU succeeds in teaching Development

7 August 2020

The world of development is changing fast. How does The Open University reflect this in its new postgraduate Global Development programme?

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