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Reward for helping students learn with the use of technology

The Open Justice Centre has been shortlisted for the inaugural Thomson Reuters ‘Teaching Law with Technology Prize’ which celebrates innovation and creativity in teaching law with technology.

10th March 2020
Francine Ryan Open Justice Centre Director

Francine’s shortlisted for Law Teacher of the Year accolade

Francine Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Open Justice Centre, has been nominated for a prestigious Law Teacher of the Year Award. Sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP), the Award is designed to recognise exceptional teachers in the legal field and Francine is one of six shortlisted.

1st March 2020

Legal Eagles project receives some national exposure

The ‘Legal Eagles’ project, which ran in February and March this year after a successful pilot scheme in 2018, saw OU Law School students collaborate with prison learners from the Category B men’s private prison on Merseyside.

21st November 2019

Open Justice Prison Partnership shortlisted in pro bono awards

The Open Justice Centre’s project in conjunction with the St Giles Trust charity has been shortlisted in the Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership category at the annual LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards.

8th November 2019

Open Justice’s alumni and students will make a connection

The Open Justice Centre has launched an exciting new initiative for its alumni to help shape the development of future legal outreach projects.

A dozen alumni volunteers have been appointed to sit on the new Open Justice Student Ambassador Panel after being invited to express an interest in this voluntary two-year role. The Panel will have a direct input into the work of the Centre and will meet online three times a year.

1st November 2019

Open Justice Annual Report 2019 published

As the Open Justice Centre approaches its third anniversary, the 2019 Annual Report provides an opportunity to review the progress of the Centre since its inception in 2016.

The Centre’s development has benefitted greatly from the support of The Open University's Law and Business Schools, the Vice Chancellor’s Executive and from the generosity of external partners who have provided invaluable advice, guidance and encouragement.

1st October 2019

High Down Low Down

Our prison project made front page of the July edition of the HMP High Down Prisoner Newsletter called “High Down Low Down”

2nd August 2019

The Wigan Observer & The Wigan Post cover our HMP Altcourse Radio Project

The Wigan Observer covered our prison radio project in their recent July 30th issue.

Wigan Post published an article online and in the newspaper on the 19th and the 21st August.

1st August 2019

Open Justice Centre’s helping to deliver UN global education project

The Law School’s Open Justice Centre has joined forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help deliver its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

1st June 2019

OU law students collaborate with prison learners to host radio show tackling legal issues

Law students have been working with prison learners to record a series of radio programmes tackling legal issues, for broadcast on prison radio.

The pioneering project by the Open Justice Centre has just finished its second iteration at HMP Altcourse – a Category B men's private prison in Merseyside – and is expected to roll out to other prisons soon.

2nd May 2019
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