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Thinkstock Photos-78630579 Palau Nacional MNAC museum Barcelona

Catalonia declares independence – and Spain enters uncharted territory

Shortly after Catalonia’s parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonia’s autonomy.

7th November 2017
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona, Author provided

What could explain the mystery of how land formed on Mars without much water

The surface of Mars, with its dune flows, gullies and slope movements, is the result of sediment being transported downwards in the recent past as well as today.

7th November 2017
ThinkstockPhotos-834728724 The Sun

Mission to understand the effects on Earth of weather in space

OU academics are part of an international team which has received £3 million from the UK Space Agency to research weather conditions in space.

7th November 2017
(l-r): Dr Tim Lowe and Dr Tim Hunt receive the Collaborative Teaching Excellence Award from Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Chair of HEA Board and Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University

OU wins teaching excellence award for new student assessment system

The OU has won its second award for teaching excellence this year.

3rd November 2017

Students who learn outside their study groups do better

Students who extend their learning beyond their internal study groups, are more successful than those who rely solely on established groupings, according to an OU academic.

2nd November 2017

Blue Planet academic consultants on the message that humanity cannot afford to ignore

As expected, the first episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II has been greeted with rapturous applause. But alongside the gasps of delight at the beauty of the natural world, the programme came with an urgent message for viewers which we can no longer afford to ignore.

2nd November 2017
ThinkstockPhotos-647269852 Planet Mars

OU research reveals how features form on Mars

An OU space scientist has come up with new evidence about how features form on Mars in the absence of significant amounts of water.

27th October 2017

OU Research joins £14 million Doctoral Training Partnership

The OU is one of three partners in the Grand Union Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership which funds PhD students.

27th October 2017
Banksy's Brexit mural

Brexit, academic freedom and where the law stands on universities being quizzed about what they teach

It started with a letter. A seemingly simple request for information, sent by the Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris to university vice-chancellors.

26th October 2017
ThinkStockPhotos-57437044 Close up of a person's eye

Study to examine whether research gives participants “a voice”

An OU academic has received a research grant to investigate whether visual expression gives research participants a voice, particularly in the case of already marginalised groups.

25th October 2017

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