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May 10

From Urbanite to Astronaut: The Territorial Economics of Space

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berril Lecture Theatre,Walton Hall, Open University, MK6 7AA

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Leslie Budd will explore the recent increase in public interest in space exploration and the future of using urban and regional economics for assessing its impact.

Apr 12

Seminar: War in Ukraine and forced displacement in Europe

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:00

MS Teams

The Sanctuary at The Open University team are pleased to announce our upcoming Seminar Series: Displacement, Education, Integration.

Nov 30

Children of migration as brokers of 'care'

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Sarah Crafter will explore what it means for children and young people to be ‘brokers of care’ in the context of migration. What does it mean for young people to provide care for others, such as family members, peers and the local community? What does it mean for children and young people to be receivers of care in the context of a hostile immigration environment?

Nov 9

Dynamic climates: what can other planets tell us about the Earth?

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, Open University, MK6 7AA

Stephen Lewis, Professor of Atmospheric Physics, delivers his inaugural lecture on the atmospheres, weather and climate of other planets in the Solar System.

Jul 9

BME Early Career Researcher Conference

Friday, July 9, 2021 - 09:30 to 18:00

Online

You are invited to join the 5th Black and Minority Ethnic Early Career Researchers Conference, ‘Moving on up’, hosted online by The Open University and the University of West London.

May 27

OU COVID-19 Research: Online Learning and Education seminar

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 10:15 to 12:30

Online

You are invited to join the OU COVID-19 Research: Online Learning and Education seminar, an online showcase of OU-funded projects presented by researchers from across the University who have led research to improve and support aspects of online learning and education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 14

African Agency in Development, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:00

Microsoft Teams - please register via Eventbrite

We are delighted to announce that

Mar 25

(Re)thinking racisms: The recursive and the new

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 14:00 to 16:00

Online seminar (Microsoft Teams)

We are delighted to invite you to “(Re)thinking racisms: The recursive and the new”, the third in

Mar 19

The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, March 20, 2020 - 17:00

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London

Open University English researchers will headline a 2-day conference, ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’, at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House London, on 19-20 March 2020.

Mar 18

Heritage in War

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 17:00

Loyola University, New Orleans

The AHRC-funded Heritage in War Project, led by Helen Frowe and Derek Matravers, explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and how to deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict.

Mar 13

International Symposium on Children on the Move

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 09:00 to 17:00

University College London

Children on the move: Unsettling narratives of care, childhood, and the migration ‘crisis’: A joint symposium between The Open University and UCL.

Nov 14

Discovering new planets

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

Discover what Professor David Rothery has found about the history of the planet Mercury and what

Oct 15

What’s the point of criminal justice history?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paul Lawrence, Asa Briggs Professor of History, will deliver his inaugural lecture on how a historical approach to criminal justice contributes to contemporary understandings of crime and justice.

Sep 10

Cause-related marketing

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Gordon Liu, Professor of Marketing Strategy, will deliver his inaugural lecture on how effective corporate social responsibility strategies enhance a firm’s reputation with its key stakeholders.

Jul 16

The polar oceans and global climate

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Mark Brandon, Professor in Polar Oceanography, will deliver his inaugural lecture on the polar oceans and global climate and look ahead to what could happen during the next 50 years.

Jun 25

If school is the problem, what is the solution?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Peter Twining, Professor of Education (Futures), will deliver his inaugural lecture on what the future holds for schools. He will ask if there is mismatch between how children learn and formal learning and invite a panel to give their views on information and communications technology in schools.

Jun 4

The idea of social justice in innovation

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary and prepares to host the Opening up Development 2019 conference it is apt for Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, to deliver his inaugural lecture to explore the idea of justice in innovation.

May 21

Youth crime and justice: Does age matter?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Jo Phoenix, Professor of Criminology, will deliver her inaugural lecture on youth crime and justice.

May 16

Symposium: Future Urban Mobilities

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 13:30 to Friday, May 17, 2019 - 13:00

1 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP

Day 1: Can urban mobilities be sustained? 

Mar 12

'Fairness in knowing': How should we engage with the sciences?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary and its mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas, Richard Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research, will deliver his inaugural lecture on how we should engage with the sciences.

Mar 5

Menopause and the workplace

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 15:30 to 16:30

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary and its track record for research which turns ideas into solutions that benefit people, business and society, Jo Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Faculty of Business and Law will examine the effects of menopause and call for employers to pay careful attention to it.

Feb 19

Aspects of Open: The evolution of the meaning of open education

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary and its mission of openness, Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the OU, will examine what the term ‘open’ means and consider what an ‘Open University’ would look like if we were to invent it now.

Jan 28

Back from the future, forward from the past: The journey that is lifelong learning

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

Professor Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean of The Open University's Faculty of Business and Law, will introduce the OU's 50th anniversary inaugural lecture series with a lecture on lifelong learning and the role of universities.

Jul 17

Should we risk lives to save history?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The dilemma of how to protect culture and heritage in war zones, while making human life a priority, will be addressed by Derek Matravers, OU Professor of Philosophy, in his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 17 July.

Jun 26

OU inaugural lecture to address new ways of organising

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The need for organisations to embrace the creativity within before planning new innovations, will be addressed by Richard Holti, in his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

Jun 13

What is the future of professional knowledge and learning?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00 to 15:30

The Open University, 1 - 11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

The Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions invites you to join us in conversations, develop future research collaborations, and plan practical actions that address the future of professional work.

May 25

Communities of Solidarity: The Story of Pikpa Refugee Camp

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:30

5th Floor, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

You are invited to the launch of Communities of Solidarity: The Story of Pikpa Refugee Camp. This unique book was co-created by a collective of photographers, activists and academics who came together as volunteers via Lesvos Solidarity at Pikpa Refugee Camp.

May 22

Why are only 10% of maths professors women?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

When Professor June Barrow-Green delivers her OU inaugural lecture on Tuesday 22 May, she will call it: “He denies the very existence of a woman mathematician”.

Apr 18

Open University Law School Symposium: Belonging

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

An interdisciplinary Symposium on Belonging hosted by the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area will take place at the Open University Law School on 18th-19th April 2018, where a series of papers related to the subject of Belonging will be presented by invited speakers from a range of UK and European universities, as well as academics across disciplines from The Open University.

Mar 27

OU lecture on the threat of cyber security attacks

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:15

Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The need to address the threat posed by cyber security attacks, will be highlighted in an OU lecture on Tuesday 27 March 2018

Feb 6

Context in public management, the missing link

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, Open University, MK6 7AA

At a time when Brexit negotiations reveal the potential confusion of assuming a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach across Europe, an OU academic describes the perils of this approach worldwide.

Jan 30

The power of learning analytics for a better study experience

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The power of learning analytics to predict the best learning approach for students, will be outlined by Bart Rienties in his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Nov 29

Citizenship and the Digital Personalisation of Prices

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00

Library IL Suite, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

A Seminar in the Engaged Scholarship series of the Citizenship & Governance strategic research area

Nov 28

Am I normal?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:45

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The risks and benefits of novel health technologies that automatically gather data about individuals and their lifestyles, will be addressed by OU Professor Blaine Price in his inaugural lecture on 28 November 2017.

Nov 16

Why school is bad for us – lessons we need to learn

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 17:00 to 19:00

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Millions of children could fail at school due to an obsession with individual assessment, literacy skills and the right kind of behaviour, according to an OU academic.

Nov 15

Grenfell: from social harm to social murder?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00

ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London

Engaged Scholarship on Citizenship & Governance Seminar Series

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REF 2021 recognises 82% of OU research impact as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The Open University (OU)’s commitment to research and societal impact is recognised today (Thursday 12 May), with 82% of its research impact assessed to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

12th May 2022
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