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IDII Professor honoured for outstanding research

31 March 2020

Professor of Geography and Migration Parvati Raghuram has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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OU launches new Masters programme in Global Development

8 March 2020

Registration is open for The Open University's new distance-learning postgraduate Global Development qualifications.

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Bringing space science down to earth

5 March 2020

When The Open University won £6.7 million for Astrobiology research, key to that success was the International Development and Inclusive Innovation strategic research area. Why?


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Rays of hope in South Sudan

8 February 2020

A pioneering school could be a model for girls' education in a country poised to shake off its troubled past.

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Environmental graduates celebrate in Kenya

28 January 2020

The Open University's first Environmental Management MSc students funded in Kenya by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission have graduated with a ceremony in Nairobi.

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No easy roads to development in Nepal

15 January 2020

Kirsteen Merrilees is an engineer building roads in a remote region of one of the world’s most mountainous countries. She combines her challenging job with studying for an OU PhD.


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OU offers PhD studentships in Development Policy and Practice

2 December 2019

The OU invites applications for fully-funded PhD research studentships, under a doctoral training partnership linking the OU, Brunel University London and Oxford University.

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New OU course to help aid workers keep young & vulnerable safe

1 November 2019

Online training to help humanitarian and development workers worldwide to fight abuse has been created by The Open University for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA).

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All the world’s a stage when development meets Shakespeare

28 October 2019

The Open University’s Development Policy and Practice (DPP) group has contributed to a project led by Shakespeare’s Globe theatre to provide teacher development in China.

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China in Africa: free course explores the oil link

27 September 2019

Cutting-edge research into China’s growing influence in Africa has been translated into a free, online course.

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