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OU Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation addresses the 3Rs for animal research

The OU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, is playing a national role in accelerating the replacement of animals in research with the launch of the 2022-2024 Strategy for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

11th August 2022
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Research into how growing up in disadvantaged areas affects children

An OU academic has received funding to take part in research which looks at how children are affected by growing up in what are considered, disadvantaged areas.

5th August 2022
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Scientists calculate the risk of someone being killed by space junk

The chance of someone being killed by space junk falling from the sky may seem ridiculously tiny. After all, nobody has yet died from such an accident, though there have been instances of injury and damage to property. But given that we are launching an increasing number of satellites, rockets and probes into space, do we need to start taking the risk more seriously?

26th July 2022
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Being in a couple can leave women with less savings - here's how to make nest eggs more equal

Growing job insecurity, financial market volatility and rising prices have created an extremely uncertain environment for UK savers.

22nd July 2022
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Double honours give OU academic a seat at the European research table

EDEN Digital Learning Europe has honoured Professor Denise Whitelock with a lifetime fellowship in recognition of her more than twenty-five-year contribution to the research, design and evaluation of online and computer-based learning in higher education.

20th July 2022
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OU receives £750k to develop pioneering research centre

The Open University is to receive £750k to develop the Wolfson Analytical Centre, a world-class research facility with an initial focus on planetary, environmental and space sciences.

19th July 2022
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Conservative leadership election: why tax cuts are an economic gamble

Always keen to be identified as the party of low taxation, the Conservatives won the 2019 general election on a promise not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance. So last year’s national insurance increase was bound to rankle, even though it could feasibly be blamed on the huge costs of COVID.

18th July 2022
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OU research informs report on climate change in Japan

An OU academic has led a British Academy-funded report which explores how Japan can respond to climate change requirements in a way which is fair to its society.

15th July 2022
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Over half a million pounds awarded to gender inequalities research project

A project which is researching gender inequalities happening on online work platforms, has just been awarded over half a million pounds.

14th July 2022
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Using trees to combat extreme heat in cities

An OU research project, which will explore how trees and green spaces can reduce the effects of extreme heat in cities, has received funding from the British Academy.

14th July 2022

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