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Rishi Sunak faces a very different economy to the one he left as chancellor – here’s what he must tackle as prime minister

As the incoming UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak has the immediate advantage of perceived success in his two years as chancellor.

25th October 2022
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Four ways to spot hints of alien life using the James Webb Space Telescope

The study of exoplanets, worlds which orbit stars other than our sun, is currently being transformed by the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We will shortly gain our first insight into conditions on rocky, potentially Earth-like worlds beyond our solar system. One of these distant worlds might host life. But could we detect it?

21st October 2022
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How should Universities support staff in UK Higher Education during the pandemic?

Undeniably, the pandemic has adversely impacted employees in every sector, and higher education is no exception. As The Conversation recently reported, organisational support is key to employee commitment and wellbeing as it can lessen the adverse effects of the pandemic.

20th October 2022
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Pensions: how yours may have been affected by recent market turmoil

The early signs are that the financial markets have been appeased by the government’s October 17 decision to reverse two-thirds of its September mini-budget tax cuts.

20th October 2022
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People’s Choice Vote showcases The Open University’s pioneering social impact research

To tackle today’s biggest societal challenges, The Open University (OU) has committed to focusing all of its research around three core pillars: sustainability, inequality and living well.

7th October 2022
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House prices: why a fall isn’t certain and wouldn’t help first-time buyers much anyway

The UK remains a nation of homeowners, with two-thirds of all dwellings belonging to the people who live in them. But as interest rates swiftly rise, there are fears that many of those households will soon find their mortgage payments unaffordable.

3rd October 2022
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Ukraine war: Putin announces annexation of four regions, but his hold on them may be flimsy

Vladimir Putin has formally signed a treaty annexing four Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation. The Russian president announced, at a ceremony in Moscow’s Red Square, that the incorporation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, in the south and east of Ukraine, into Russia is the “choice of millions of people” who share a “common history” with the Russian Federation.

3rd October 2022
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Star Wars-based research to make UK film more sustainable

There can be no adult in the western world who hasn’t heard of Star Wars nor seen the out-of-this-world props and costumes from Stormtrooper uniforms to other equally ubiquitous items.

30th September 2022
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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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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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