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Matt Hancock leaks: why WhatsApp is a terrible place to conduct important political conversations

The leak of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages exchanged between former health secretary Matt Hancock and his contacts has finally exposed the central role the messaging app has come to play in official government business.

22nd March 2023
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How world sport got into a mess over trans athletes – and how it can get out of it

World sport has been convulsed over the past few months – indeed years – by questions about trans athletes, especially trans women, competing in their acquired gender.

22nd March 2023
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Three ways the ‘back to work’ budget will affect your finances

In the 2023 spring budget, UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled a raft of measures designed to boost economic growth and productivity. To achieve this he has overhauled both pensions and childcare support, which will have implications for current and future personal finances.

17th March 2023
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Venus: proof of active volcanoes – at last

Venus is almost the same size, mass and density as Earth. So it should be generating heat in its interior (by the decay of radioactive elements) at much the same rate as the Earth does.

17th March 2023
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New UK Space Agency funding brings Moon base one step closer

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has awarded OU space researchers £200,000 to continue developing a one-of-a-kind construction method that could one day enable us to build on the Moon from lunar soil.

14th March 2023
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Research funding to enable a future infrared camera to support humans in space

OU researchers have been awarded £200,000 from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to test detectors for a new infrared camera to be used to support future human space explorers.

13th March 2023
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University Mental Health Day: OU postgraduate students share their stories

One in four people in the UK will experience mental health difficulties every year. To mark University Mental Health Day (9th March 2023), the charity Student Minds' national campaign to ensure no student is held back by their mental health, four OU postgraduate research students share their experiences.

8th March 2023
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OU research finds social media users lonelier than non-users during pandemic

New research by OU academics and international colleagues finds that people across Europe, Asia, and North and South America using social media messaging apps and platforms felt lonelier than people not using them during the coronavirus pandemic.

8th March 2023
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More than €350k awarded for OU research helping farmers adapt to the climate crisis

Dr Kevin Collins, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Systems, has secured a €359,000 award from the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, for his part in a project to help farmers across the EU’s 27 member states and the UK adapt to the climate crisis.

6th March 2023
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OU researcher calls for more inclusivity in research funding calls

An Open University researcher has produced a report on a pilot scheme which explored the levels of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research funding calls.

27th February 2023

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