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Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on PhD students

An Open University (OU) COVID-19 Rapid Response funding scheme is supporting research which considers the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing and progress of PhD students.

1st October 2020
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OU co-authored report forecasts future trends in engineering design

A report, co-authored by an OU academic, which forecasts clear trends for engineering design for the next 20 years, has been published by the Design Society.

1st October 2020
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EU Horizon 2020 funding to enhance the lives of migrant children

An OU academic has won EU funding for a research project which aims to enhance the lives of migrant children and young people in education.

23rd September 2020
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Has COVID-19 changed people’s perceptions of plastics?

A survey which measures whether COVID-19 has changed people’s use and perceptions of plastics, is being run on an OU platform.

22nd September 2020
Man being tested for Covid-19 by healthcare worker in PPE

Surveying if healthcare workers’ behaviour changes after COVID-19 test

An Open University (OU) COVID-19 Rapid Response funding scheme is supporting a questionnaire-based survey of frontline healthcare workers to link attitudes to risk with COVID-19 test status.

21st September 2020
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OU funds Creative Writing research with COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers

An Open University COVID-19 Rapid Response funding scheme is supporting a series of writing workshops with health care workers in acute care and palliative care in collaboration with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

18th September 2020
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Wearable devices to improve how those living with Huntington’s Disease walk

Research led by an OU PhD student has found that wearable haptic devices can improve how a patient affected by Huntington’s Disease walks.

17th September 2020
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OU Astrochemistry facilitates research that signals life on Venus

An international team including an OU academic have made a surprising detection of a rather unusual molecule – a rare gas called phosphine - on Venus.

14th September 2020
Composite image of Venus from data from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Venus: could it really harbour life? New study springs a surprise

Earth’s sister planet, Venus, has not been regarded as a high priority in the search for life. Its surface temperature of around 450°C is thought to be hostile to even the hardiest of micro-organisms, and its thick, sulphurous and acidic atmosphere has kept the surface almost completely free from visiting spacecraft.

14th September 2020
Disabled young girl with carer

Launch of ‘Talking about Sex’ to support young people who are life-threatened

A booklet based on research that shows the importance of intimacy and relationships for people with life-threatening illnesses, is being launched this month (September 2020).

11th September 2020

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