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OU researchers to tackle gender inequality in low and middle-income countries’ schools

The British Council has awarded a team of OU researchers £100,000 to study the impact of English-medium education (EME) on gender equality in low and middle-income countries.

31st March 2022
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Exploring living conditions among minority older Bangladeshi communities in East London

An OU academic is leading a project titled ‘Amar Bari Amar Jibon’ [my home my life], which explores living conditions among older Bangladeshi communities in East London.

25th March 2022
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National insurance rise: what do upcoming tax changes mean for me? An expert explains

April 6 marks the start of the new 2022-23 tax year and the day most workers start to pay a new tax: the health and social care levy.

25th March 2022
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OU and partners scoop a quarter of the UK Space Agency’s latest £2 million funding boost

Three projects involving The Open University’s space scientists will share a close to £500,000 slice of the UK Government’s latest investment in the British space industry.

22nd March 2022
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OU in winning consortium to extract oxygen on the Moon

OU space science researchers are part of a consortium which has received €1M funding to develop a payload concept to extract oxygen from Moon rock.

11th March 2022
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Researching how people deal with early pregnancy endings while working

An OU academic has launched a survey to collect the experiences of women and people who have had early pregnancy endings while working.

8th March 2022
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OU PhD student launches a website to gather experiences of misogynoir online

An OU PhD student has launched the first-ever research platform to capture the particular intersection of misogyny and racial oppression experienced by Black women online: “Misogynoir”.

7th March 2022
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Juries are subject to all kinds of biases when it comes to deciding on a trial

From CSI to Law and Order, Line of Duty and Midsomer Murders, there is huge public fascination with crime and the criminal justice system. Especially when things come to a climactic ending and jurors decide on a defendent’s fate. But how much do jurors get it wrong? Will the jury convict an innocent person, or might they free a guilty person?

28th February 2022
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Ruby clouds and water behaving strangely – what we found when studying an exoplanet’s dark side

Since astronomers discovered the first planet orbiting a star other than the Sun, we have found many worlds that are very unlike the ones in our own Solar System.

22nd February 2022
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How 17th century’s Britain’s ‘cancel culture’ can help us understand the importance of free speech

Free speech is the right to express one’s opinions without censorship or restraint. It is a cornerstone of modern liberal democracies. Nowadays, it is considered a basic right in the UN’s 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and it is is enshrined in British law.

16th February 2022

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