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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:

  • Sustainability
  • Tackling Inequalities
  • Living Well
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OU Sustainability Research Festival 2023 highlights the need for collaboration

Participants in The Open University's first Sustainability Research Festival highlighted willingness to collaborate as a key requirement to tackle environmental challenges both locally and globally.

2nd June 2023
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Research to revolutionise care for older people

New research on social care and older people resulted in a toolkit designed by The Open University aimed at transforming the well-being of older people and staff in the care sector.

30th May 2023
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Research into the impact of cyber victimisation

A project around cyber victimisation, which is part of The Open University's Open Societal Challenges themes around Tackling Inequalities and Living Well, has had findings published.

30th May 2023
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Researching the impact of gender on maintaining authoritarian state regimes

A project, which is part of The Open University's Open Societal Challenges themes around Tackling inequalities, has had findings published in Women’s Studies International Forum Journal.

25th May 2023
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