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We've been using our research to transform lives throughout the UK and worldwide for over 50 years. In 2022 we embarked on a new research mission to address three crucial societal challenges:

  • Enhancing Environmental Sustainability
  • Tackling Inequalities
  • Helping Everyone Live Well
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Bake Your Research winners raise study, environment and space

This year’s Open University (OU) Graduate School Bake Your Research competition winners have reflected OU priorities in their baking, particularly around the theme of sustainability.

5th December 2022
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UK Space Agency extends funding for OU space imaging project

The UK Space Agency has signalled its commitment to OU space research by increasing its funding for a pioneering space imaging project by more than £287,000. The grant adds to the £114,000 the agency invested in the project in 2021.

22nd November 2022
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Improving the experience of witnesses in health and care professional practice proceedings

In a world first, researchers have been funded to study the experience of witnesses who give evidence in professional conduct hearings about care provided by health and social care professionals.

15th November 2022
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OU researchers in coalition developing UK’s low-carbon building standards

Open University researchers Dr Alice Moncaster and Jane Anderson are part of a coalition of construction industry experts and academics developing the UK’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard to transform the construction industry.

11th November 2022
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