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Man learning to walk on a machine

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
Planet Venus with visible clouds or gas shown from Space

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
Mother and daughter with tablet

Using technology to help manage loneliness resulting from COVID-19

Researchers are developing new technologies which will seek to mitigate loneliness among older people who are socially distanced due to COVID-19.

11th September 2020
mentally disabled woman in garden with carer

Improving support for older people with learning disabilities

The University of Oxford in partnership with The Open University (OU) have been awarded £900,000 by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate how to improve support for older people with learning disabilities and their family carers.

10th September 2020
THE Awards 2020 log

Shortlisted for University of the Year and innovative teaching

The OU has been shortlisted for University of the Year and Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020.

10th September 2020
Girl reading a book

OU partners with London literacy organisations to encourage children to read

An OU team has received funding from the Mercers’ Company to develop a framework to nurture children’s pleasure in reading and writing.

9th September 2020
Auroras on Jupiter

New data to lead to Space sensors for future ultraviolet applications

New data which can be applied to sensors to detect ultraviolet light will lead to a range of new applications in Space and for industry

21st August 2020

New research to tackle malaria

An OU-led research project has just got funding to tackle malaria, a fatal disease which remains active as the world deals with COVID-19.

19th August 2020

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