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OU researchers land European Space Agency grant

Manish Patel (STEM) and Leslie Budd (FBL) have been awarded a grant of €350,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) - in the face of fierce competition from a number of international management consultants - for the project 'Benefits of the European Space Agency Exploration Roadmap in Socioeconomics' (BEERS). 

The project investigates and evaluates the socio-economic benefits of ESA space missions with respect to economic competitiveness and growth; new means to address global challenges/sustainable development goals and inspiration. 

10th May 2019

New planet discovered by SPS Scientists in international team

SPS astronomers Professor Carole Haswell, Postdoctoral Researcher Dr John Barnes and former SPS PhD student Dr Daniel Staab are among an international team which has discovered a new planet orbiting the closest single star to the Earth:

10th May 2019

Frances Butcher, SPS: Life on Mars?

Congratulations to Frances Butcher, SPS PhD Research Student, on the "Life on Mars?" article in The Guardian’s Weekend Supplement (13 October) about her research, OU STEM and Women in Science: 

10th May 2019

$3m Breakthrough prize to support under represented groups in Physics

Former OU staff member and honorary graduate Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will give away her $3m Breakthrough prize to support under represented groups in physics.

10th May 2019

A journey to Mercury: TEDxLondon talk by Professor David Rothery

Professor David Rothery spoke at TEDxLondon in July about the upcoming BepiColombo mission, Europe’s first to Mercury.

10th May 2019

2018 OU Research Excellence Awards

Huge congratulations to the OU Rosetta Team who won the Outstanding Research Project Award at the inaugural OU Research Excellence Awards. Launched earlier this year, the Awards are designed to recognise excellence and celebrate achievement in research at The Open University. For further information please visit:

10th May 2019

School Physicist of the Year Awards

The School of Physical Sciences and The Ogden Trust hosted the annual School Physicist of the Year (SPOTY) awards evening on 27 June.  

This event celebrated Year 10 student winners chosen by their teachers from schools in Milton Keynes and neighbouring counties.  The students, their families and teachers all had fun engaging with interactive stands and heard inspiring talks on campus.

10th May 2019

OU research to support small businesses in boosting the UK space industry

The Open University (OU) is part of a consortium of UK universities and organisations to be awarded almost £5 million to support small businesses in enhancing innovation and research in the UK space industry.

10th May 2019

SPS members showcase their lunar research at the 6th European Lunar Symposium, Toulouse, France

12 members of SPS attended the 6th European Lunar Symposium in Toulouse from 13-16 May ( This annual international meeting was organised by a pan-European consortium of lunar scientists under the umbrella of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute (SSERVI) – co-chaired by Mahesh Anand.

10th May 2019

Asteroids and bringing space rocks back to Earth

Asteroid fire

Professor of Planetary and Space Science, Simon Green, is interviewed by the Space Boffins about asteroids, space rocks, and the next international space missions that academics at The Open University are contributing towards.

10th May 2019

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