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  • Helping Everyone Live Well
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Star Wars-based research to make UK film more sustainable

There can be no adult in the western world who hasn’t heard of Star Wars nor seen the out-of-this-world props and costumes from Stormtrooper uniforms to other equally ubiquitous items.

30th September 2022
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OU celebrates Research Excellence Awards 2022

More than 250 Open University staff, students, funders and partners came together in London last night (22 September 2022) to celebrate OU research.

21st September 2022
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Challenging assumptions about widening participation in Higher Education

The Open University hosted Professor John Butcher’s inaugural lecture on 13 September 2022.

12th September 2022
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Space mission returns samples that are “more precious than gold dust”

New research findings have provided important new clues as to how the inner Solar System, including Earth, acquired its water and organic-rich components - the essential building blocks for all life.

16th August 2022
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