The OU has a new, five year, Research and Enterprise Plan 2018 - 2023 (internal only).
The new Plan sets out a distinctively ‘Open University’ research and enterprise agenda, designed to differentiate and enhance our research profile on a national and international scale.
The Plan aims to:
Areas of cross-institutional, thematic research will continue to receive institutional support. These strategic research areas will be our flagships of multi-disciplinary, challenge and mission focused research capability as well as acting as key vehicles to deliver on our primary aims for research and enterprise.
For more information on the OU’s Research and Enterprise Plan and its implementation, or OU research strategy more generally, please e-mail the Research Strategy and Governance Team.
In November 2020 the Open University signed a Letter of Commitment to Support the Career Development of Researchers. This letter is a public declaration of the support the OU will provide for the career development of researchers who are working here. This support is based on the principles and obligations in the Researcher Development Concordat (RDC).
The OU is a signatory to the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and actively works to implement its seven principles. It is an agreement that sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders.
It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.
The OU is a recipient of the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award. As of 12 August 2019, The OU is delighted to announce that we have been successful in retaining the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award at the six-year review point. This award recognises the University's’ commitment to researcher career development and acknowledges alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.
The University's 6-year review report and action plan for the period to 2020 are available below.
The OU’s May 2021 submission for the 8-year review of the HR Excellence in Research Award, together with the initial Researcher Development Concordat implementation plan, which will be developed during the summer of 2021 before being agreed at Research Committee, can also be viewed below.