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OU academic amongst team of astronomers to discover an Earth-like planet

An international team of astronomers has detected a planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The research, which has been published in Nature to a global audience, suggests that the planet is at just the right distance from Proxima Centauri for liquid water to exist on its surface and has the potential to support life.

10th October 2017
Sheila Coleman

The Open University honours Hillsborough justice campaigner, Sheila Coleman in Dublin

People from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, from a spectrum of careers and industries gathered at Croke Park on Friday 13th May to celebrate achieving their degrees with The Open University.

10th October 2017
Image courtesy of ESA/ATG medialab

ROSETTA MISSION: OU’s Ptolemy finds organic compounds on comet

Scientists at The Open University (OU) have published their first findings from Ptolemy, their gas analysis instrument on the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander Philae which landed on a comet last November. Analysis of the comet’s dust particles collected by Ptolemy has revealed the presence of organic compounds – key elements in the formation of life on Earth.

10th October 2017
John D'Arcy, Orlagh Costello and Lord Christopher Haskins

Open University graduates celebrate outstanding achievements at Croke Park

Nearly 200 Open University students from across Ireland received their degrees on Friday 10th April 2015 at a ceremony in the iconic surroundings of Croke Park, Dublin. 

10th October 2017
John D'Arcy

The Open University in Ireland showcases its innovative online learning tools to the Irish Parliament in Dublin

The Open University recently participated in an evidence session hosted by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection in Dublin entitled, "Studying at University through on-line learning, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)"

10th October 2017

Brexit and beyond

On 27 June, The Open University hosted a panel discussion called Brexit and beyond in the National Library of Ireland.

27th June 2017

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