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Space ship orbiting earth

OU space researchers secure a share of £2 million Research England funding

The Open University’s award-winning space researchers are to benefit from significant new funding awarded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) to the Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) programme.

26th July 2021
Hayabusa2 collecting samples from asteroid

Samples from asteroid could reveal secrets of the Universe

Open University scientists have received samples from an asteroid which could reveal the secrets to how our Solar System formed.

23rd July 2021
Images of Mars under clear conditions (left) and during the 2018 Global Dust Storm (right). Credit: NASA, ESA, STScl.

Martian global dust storm ended winter early in the south

OU research shows the effects of global dust storms on the atmosphere on Mars.

22nd July 2021
Teacher and young girl in a classroom wearing facemasks

Call for early mental health support for children during COVID-19

A team of OU researchers which studied children's experience of death anxiety during COVID-19 has called for early mental health support to address the effects on children.

14th July 2021
People standing around on their mobile phones

Research into the role of mobile phones in people’s busy lives

Research which will explore how people manage multiple conversations across phone apps has received funding.

14th July 2021
Schoolgirl working on laptop

Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research

Research conducted by the OU’s Faculty of Business & Law into online learning in English schools during COVID-19 has found that some innovations adopted have now become “business as usual”.

14th July 2021
Comets over Earth

Camera developed to image new comet

The Open University is part of a team developing a camera to image a “dynamically new” comet as part of a new mission.

13th July 2021
Woman with arms outstretched standing amongst trees

Gratitude project aims to promote mental wellbeing post pandemic

Clapping for the NHS revealed the desire to express gratitude during the pandemic, and now researchers have created a virtual tool to enable people to say thank you more easily.

9th July 2021
Person taking a photo of leaves with mobile phone

Research to enable children to recreate textures found in nature on phones

An OU-led research project which will develop digital tools that will make it possible for children to recreate textures found in nature has been funded.

6th July 2021
Drawing of two people holding hands with a grassy field background

Digital storytelling research funded to explore educational inclusion

A project which will use storytelling as a device to explore young people’s understanding of what it means to be included in education, has been funded.

5th July 2021

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