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Teenage girl listening to music

Research shows the benefits of virtual music

As communities turn to music as a source of comfort in the current Coronavirus pandemic, Dr Rosemary Golding, Senior Lecturer in Music, traces history from the time of the Ancient Greeks, to explain why music, even in the virtual sense, is just “as good for the soul”.

2nd April 2020
Family spending time together

Sustaining relationships during Coronavirus

Jacqui Gabb, OU Professor of Sociology and Intimacy does research into intimacy and family life, with particular emphasis on the contemporary dynamics of policy, professional practice and personal relationships. The necessary restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus pandemic are likely to put pressure on our relationships and family life. 

2nd April 2020
Mars landscape

Discovery of ancient water reservoir in Mars

A team of researchers, including scientists from The Open University (OU), have discovered ancient water reservoirs inside the mantle of Mars.

1st April 2020
Man with medical mask looking at phone

Emergency funding to track the spread of false information about COVID-19

An OU academic has received emergency funding to track the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 on social media platforms.

1st April 2020
Planets in the solary system

OU awarded £2.5 million for planetary sciences research

Scientists from the School of Physical Sciences have been awarded £2.5 million from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to further their research into the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and to answer the age-old question: is there life beyond the Earth?

31st March 2020
Shanghai financial centre

€2.5M research grant to understand the rise of China and its effect on Europe

An OU academic has been awarded almost €2.5 million to research the rise of China and Europe’s place in the world as a result.

31st March 2020

Hand sanitiser to support COVID-19 response effort

OU researchers have used their expertise and labs to make a batch of hand sanitiser to donate to NHS professionals in Milton Keynes and the wider community.

30th March 2020
Elderly lady on mobile phone

Tech tips to combat social isolation during COVID-19

An OU academic, who specialises in the use of technology among older people to combat isolation, has come up with tips to keep connected during COVID-19.

27th March 2020
Satellite orbiting the earth

New valve for greener space missions

A new patented space valve developed by OU scientists which is compatible with cleaner and greener water-based alternatives to fuel satellites, has been taken up by industry.

25th March 2020
Hannah Sargeant

OU PhD student on Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List

OU Space Science PhD student, Hannah Sargeant, has been named on the Forbes Annual 30 under 30 Europe List for Science and Healthcare, announced on Tuesday 17 March 2020.

23rd March 2020

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