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Rethinking the boundaries of astrobiology

The Open University hosted Professor Karen Olsson-Francis’ inaugural lecture on 12 July 2022.

13th July 2022
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Inflation, recession fears and tax cuts: any new UK chancellor faces an unenviable in-tray

The flood of ministerial resignations from UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s government in recent days started with Rishi Sunak’s resignation as UK chancellor of the exchequer on July 5 2022, alongside health secretary Sajid Javid’s. 

8th July 2022
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Nasa considers sending swimming robots to habitable ‘ocean worlds’ of the Solar System

Nasa has recently announced US$600,000 (£495,000) in funding for a study into the feasibility of sending swarms of miniature swimming robots (known as independent micro-swimmers) to explore oceans beneath the icy shells of our Solar System’s many “ocean worlds”. But don’t imagine metal humanoids swimming frog-like underwater. They will probably be simple, triangular wedges.

5th July 2022
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OU competition celebrates research students’ creativity

The OU’s research community gathered to celebrate its research students’ academic excellence this month (June 2022) at the annual Postgraduate Research Poster Competition.

30th June 2022
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Funding to enable a better understanding of graphs in pure maths

An OU academic has received just over £300,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to better understand how graphs behave in pure mathematics.

24th June 2022
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New funding to expand the study of ancient religions

A centre which researches ancient religions based at the OU’s Department of Classical Studies has received new funding.

23rd June 2022
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The path forward for social care in England

Dr Erica Borgstrom sets out five recommendations for skill development to embolden the care sector’s future in England, in this piece for Care Management Matters.

17th June 2022
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OU research looks to uncover the story of army barracks across Ireland

An OU research project which is making historical army barracks’ buildings across the island of Ireland more accessible to people in the North and South has received funding.

17th June 2022
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Capturing feeling and experience in research about creativity

The Open University hosted Professor Stephanie Taylor’s inaugural lecture on 14 June 2022.

In her lecture, Professor Stephanie Taylor discussed the associations of creativity, its contradictions and how we can understand the experience of being creative.

15th June 2022
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Who really owns the oil industry’s future stranded assets? If you own investment funds or expect a pension, it might be you

When an oil company invests in an expensive new drilling project today, it’s taking a gamble. Even if the new well is a success, future government policies designed to slow climate change could make the project unprofitable or force it to shut down years earlier than planned.

27th May 2022

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