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Mini budget 2022: experts react to the new UK government’s spending and tax-cut plans

UK chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has just launched the biggest package of tax cuts in half a century. This will involve around £45bn of reductions for people and businesses by 2027 – 50% more than anticipated before the mini-budget announcement.

26th September 2022
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OU celebrates Research Excellence Awards 2022

More than 250 Open University staff, students, funders and partners came together in London last night (22 September 2022) to celebrate OU research.

21st September 2022
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Challenging assumptions about widening participation in Higher Education

The Open University hosted Professor John Butcher’s inaugural lecture on 13 September 2022.

12th September 2022
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Space mission returns samples that are “more precious than gold dust”

New research findings have provided important new clues as to how the inner Solar System, including Earth, acquired its water and organic-rich components - the essential building blocks for all life.

16th August 2022
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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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