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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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Double award win for OU Music academics

The International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland branch) have recognised publications by OU Music academics with the prestigious CB Oldman Award for outstanding works of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship.

11th May 2022
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From Urbanite to Astronaut: The Territorial Economics of Space

The Open University hosted Leslie Budd’s inaugural lecture on 10 May 2022.

11th May 2022
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Researcher provides evidence in call for boost to life-enhancing technologies

An OU researcher has provided evidence in a report published today (28 April) on the need for more life-enhancing technologies for disabled and older people.

28th April 2022
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£3.3 million research study to identify online harms to minority ethnic groups

The OU is a partner in a consortium that has launched a study to look at the effect of digitalised services on minority ethnic (ME) groups across the UK.

27th April 2022
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Celebrating research students with trees

The OU has had its first tree planting day to celebrate research students and to demonstrate its commitment to climate action.

21st April 2022
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New advisory board guides the future of OU research

A new external advisory board has been formed to advise on the future of research at The Open University.

14th April 2022
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Rishi Sunak: Britain’s poorest have little privacy over their financial affairs – the chancellor shouldn’t either

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has asked the prime minister’s independent adviser to look into whether he properly declared his ministerial interests, after a week of headlines about his personal tax arrangements.

13th April 2022
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No fault divorce: how the new law will reduce family conflict

After more than 50 years, the law governing divorce –- the process of legally dissolving a marriage -– is changing in England and Wales. While everyone hopes they won’t have to use divorce law, each year over 100,000 couples do.

6th April 2022
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OU researchers to tackle gender inequality in low and middle-income countries’ schools

The British Council has awarded a team of OU researchers £100,000 to study the impact of English-medium education (EME) on gender equality in low and middle-income countries.

31st March 2022

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