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Launch of 25 Years of Ed Tech

A book which traces trends over the past 25 years of educational technology by an OU academic and blogger on the future of education comes out this month (February 2020).

20th February 2020
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As Rishi Sunak becomes UK chancellor, a history of battles between No 10 and 11 Downing Street

The head that rolled most noisily in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle was Sajid Javid.

18th February 2020
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Why the most distant object ever visited looks like a snowman – flyby delivers results

Just over a year ago, courtesy of NASA’s New Horizons mission, we were treated to images of 2014MU69, a small object 6.6 billion kilometers from the sun – making it the most distant object to have ever been visited by a spacecraft.

18th February 2020
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OU ranked fifth for research student satisfaction

The OU has been ranked fifth out of 103 higher education institutions for overall postgraduate research student satisfaction in the national survey of research students.

5th February 2020
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Research into education report highlights ethical challenges around sharing personal data

‘Engaging with data ethics’ and ‘multisensory learning’ are two of the top 10 approaches to learning and teaching in this year’s Innovating Pedagogy report from The Open University.

23rd January 2020
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OU academic to speak at the Tate Modern on the role of research in international solidarity

An OU academic is to highlight the role of research in strengthening solidarity between people with different experiences when she speaks at the Tate Modern, London this week (Thursday 23 January 2020).

20th January 2020
  Veganism: not just that you are what you eat, but how you live. Photographee.eu via Shutterstock

Veganism has always been more about living an ethical life than just avoiding meat and dairy

“Ethical veganism” has been ruled to be a philosophical belief in the UK in an employment tribunal. During a case brought by vegan Jordi Casamitjana, who claims he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports because of his ethical veganism, presiding judge Robin Postle ruled he was “satisfied overwhelmingly that ethical veganism does constitute a philosophical belief”.

8th January 2020
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Developing new scholarly analytics tools for Computer Science editors

The OU’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) has been awarded £100,000 from Springer Nature, a leading academic and educational publisher, to extend their collaboration in the field of scholarly analytics.

7th January 2020
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New research into paediatric brain cancer

OU researchers have been awarded £19,500 to develop research into paediatric brain cancer.

6th January 2020
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Six new planets discovered

The discovery of six new planets could hold the key to unlocking the geology of the rocky planets outside the Earth’s Solar System.

2nd January 2020

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