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Bake Your Research winners raise study, environment and space

This year’s Open University (OU) Graduate School Bake Your Research competition winners have reflected OU priorities in their baking, particularly around the theme of sustainability.

5th December 2022
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Our US$10 trillion global energy bill dwarfs what’s needed to limit global heating

The world’s energy bill for 2022 is set to be the highest ever, topping US$10 trillion (£8.3 trillion). This is the total price paid for all forms of energy across all sectors by all people. Something like 80% of this bill is for coal, oil or gas, or for electricity generated from these fossil fuels.

29th November 2022
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UK Space Agency extends funding for OU space imaging project

The UK Space Agency has signalled its commitment to OU space research by increasing its funding for a pioneering space imaging project by more than £287,000. The grant adds to the £114,000 the agency invested in the project in 2021.

22nd November 2022
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Improving the experience of witnesses in health and care professional practice proceedings

In a world first, researchers have been funded to study the experience of witnesses who give evidence in professional conduct hearings about care provided by health and social care professionals.

15th November 2022
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OU researchers in coalition developing UK’s low-carbon building standards

Open University researchers Dr Alice Moncaster and Jane Anderson are part of a coalition of construction industry experts and academics developing the UK’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard to transform the construction industry.

11th November 2022
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1962’s Sino-Indian border war lasted four weeks – internment of India’s Chinese community lasted years

As the Cuban missile crisis gripped the world’s attention 60 years ago, a less remembered conflict broke out high in the mountain passes of the Himalayas. Tensions had been mounting for months on the border between India and China and on October 20 the Chinese People’s Liberation Army attacked Indian forces on disputed territory and started the 1962 Sino-Indian war.

8th November 2022
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OU researchers to explore Augmented Reality’s potential for language learning

Open University researchers have joined a consortium of seven university and school partners across Europe exploring the potential benefits of Augmented Reality in language learning.

4th November 2022
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OU researcher to lead £800k project to improve global climate change predictions

A new Open University-led project hopes to improve our ability to predict climate change using cutting-edge analysis of fossilised algae molecules.

3rd November 2022
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OU researchers help teachers to harness technology and co-design learning

Researchers at The Open University are part of an innovative Europe-wide project applying design expertise to help secondary school teachers and pupils harness the latest technology to co-create the next generation of learning, online and in person.

28th October 2022
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OU launches its DORA Implementation Plan to improve assessment of research quality

In November 2020 The Open University signed the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA) and created its own Responsible use of Research Metrics Statement.

25th October 2022

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EU Horizon Europe £2.7M research funding to manage extremism

An OU researcher is leading an international team which will develop new tools to manage extremism.

22nd September 2023
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