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Bumblebee on yellow flower

Citizen Science data to inform pollinator-friendly plant lists for gardeners

New research recommends using citizen science data to decide on the best pollinator-friendly plants for creating urban garden habitats.

18th December 2020
Social worker talking to mother and children

Supporting social workers during COVID-19

A research project which looks at supporting social workers during the pandemic, has received funding from the OU’s Rapid Response to COVID-19 scheme.

18th December 2020
Knee replacement joints

New Horizon grant for novel structures inspired by maths

The OU has been awarded a grant for advances in mathematics which could lead to smart materials and new applications including bespoke orthopaedic implants.

17th December 2020
Tied bird: A drawing by a young asylum seeker from Pakistan

Experiences of refugees and asylum seekers during COVID-19

A new digital exhibition which chronicles the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in different parts of the world during COVID-19, launches on International Migrants Day (18 December 2020).

17th December 2020
People drinking beer

Lessons learnt ‘sniffing’ a comet to enhance the flavours of drinks

Building on the lessons learnt from designing systems for “sniffing” comets in space the OU is supporting Efficiency Technologies Ltd to enhance the flavour analysis process for the UK drinks sector.

17th December 2020
Teacher and online class

Research into how English secondary schools are managing online learning during the pandemic

A team led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter of The Open University Business School has been awarded nearly £300,000 to investigate online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools.

11th December 2020
Man with Down Syndrome using a laptop

Reports call for more support for people with learning disabilities

Two reports on the effect of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities launch on 10 December at an event: Filling the Gaps, aimed at funders and policymakers.

9th December 2020
Man walking with haptic aids

OU haptic devices improve how stroke survivors walk

New research shows that wearable haptic devices, which stimulate movement, improve how stroke survivors walk.

8th December 2020
View of trees from space

New research funding to measure trees from space

A project, which will explore the potential to provide the most detailed maps ever of the UK treescape through monitoring them from space, has been awarded funding from the UK Space Agency.

4th December 2020
African school children in a classroom

Research to improve education in Africa

An OU-led research project which takes a play-based approach to learning to improve education in early years education in Africa, has received funding.

4th December 2020

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