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School of Engineering and Innovation

Leading the OU’s teaching in Engineering, Design, Technology & Innovation Management, Systems Thinking and Environmental Management and has highly rated Design and Materials Engineering research.

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School of Engineering and Innovation

We aim to make an impact on individuals, organisations and communities that have to design, develop, build and manage complex systems involving technologies of all kinds. Our disciplines combine both analysis and synthesis, ranging from engineering, through design and systems thinking to environmental and technology management.

We take a broad view of engineering and innovation in all our activities. Our teaching covers many forms of formal, non-formal and informal courses and educational resources. Our wide ranging research and scholarship covers several Research Excellence Framework (REF) units of assessment. Our expertise is used in various commercial, not-for-profit and grant funded activities both nationally and internationally.  

We are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and aim to enhance our reach into, and impact on, currently underserved groups and organisations in line with The Open University’s mission.


12th Oct: sixth of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

Gene Bellinger will present a webinar on Systems thinking: trial and learning  scheduled for 12th October at 12 noon (UK time).  Gene’s talk will be introduced by Dr Rupesh Shah from the Applie

7th October 2021

Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Athena SWAN Silver Award document is now available in the About section

22nd September 2021

7th September fifth of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

Tyson Yunkaporta is an Australian Indigenous thinker, author of Sand Talk and founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab. His work involves applying an Indigenous complexity lens to the hidden and not-so-hidden drivers of global systemic crises and seeking regenerative solutions.

Tyson will present a webinar for our 5th event scheduled for Tuesday 7th September at 12 noon (UK time). The title of the talk is On Being  Systems within Systems.  Tyson will be introduced by Professor Ray Ison from the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) group at the OU.

Please register through the Eventbrite link.


24th August 2021

27th July fourth of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

Dr Sharon Pollard - Executive Director of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) based in South Africa -  will present a webinar for our fourth event scheduled for 27th July at 12 noon

6th August 2021
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