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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
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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
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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

OU researchers support Healthy Child Programme

OU researchers will feature in the launch of a new e-learning training course for health care professionals supporting children and young people with developmental needs, at an event at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in London on 18 October 2017.

19th October 2017

How do planets form?

Despite decades of progress in discovering planets outside our solar system, research by the OU has concluded that there is still insufficient evidence to say exactly how planets are made.

18th October 2017
Nigel Mason

Quantum physics paves the way for new chemical products

Research by an OU molecular physicist has discovered that electrons can control chemical reactions in experiments leading to purer, cheaper chemical products.

16th October 2017
Cow’s milk … blamed for autism. Shutterstock

Why asking what causes autism is the wrong question

The animal rights charity PETA recently made a link between autism and drinking cow’s milk. The article on its website discussed research that linked a dairy-free diet with a reduction in symptoms of autism in children.

13th October 2017
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OU student wins Research in Film Award 2017

A film made by an OU PhD Arts student about London’s Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre won a Research in Film Award at a ceremony in London on 9 November 2017.

11th October 2017

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