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Our research students working to increase access to cancer care

4 September 2019

Two Open University PhD students, whose study is funded by the UK's Global Challenge Research Fund, talk about their work.

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OU-BBC radio series on Sustainable Development Goals to launch

3 September 2019

The innovative radio series will invite 17-year-olds to challenge experts on the Sustainable Development Goals.

A high point for TIDE project in Myanmar

25 June 2019

The first Open University international development programme to operate in Myanmar has reached a milestone with its residential school for 228 university academics and staff.

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Research seeds ‘transformative’ initiative in southern Africa

11 June 2019

Research led by The Open University is behind a potentially ‘transformative’ regional monitoring system being rolled out across 16 countries in southern Africa.

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Research, but not as we know it

5 June 2019

Arts, academia and activism came together in an exciting mix at the Tate Exchange ‘Who are we?’ programme organised by The Open University and Counterpoints Arts.

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One academic and his camera: how OU lecturer opens a window on life in the steppes

29 April 2019

John Oates’ latest documentary film opens a window on to a centuries-old way of life surviving cheek by jowl with the digital age.

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Pioneer of international development at the OU dies

24 April 2019

We are sad to report the death of Professor Ben Crow, a founder member of Development Policy and Practice (DPP) at The Open University.

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‘Mission critical’: nurses’ champion reflects on global healthcare, development and open learning

25 March 2019

Open University alumna Barbara Stilwell is leading a campaign to put nursing at the forefront of global health.


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Supporting access to clean water and sanitation for all

22 March 2019

A free resource to raise awareness of how significant sections of society can be excluded from developments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been created by WaterAid Ethiopia and The Open University.

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ICCA project holds inception workshop in Kenya

5 March 2019

The Kenyan team in the GCRF-funded project on Innovation for Cancer Care (ICCA), at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), held an inception workshop last month in Nairobi

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