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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.


7th December: eighth of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

Professor Ray Ison will present the last in our series of webinar events celebrating 50 years of systems thinking teaching at OU, scheduled for 7th December at 12 noon (UK time).  This final event will be presented as t

25th November 2021

9th November: seventh of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

Julian Corner will present a webinar on Systems thinking and social justice   scheduled for 9th November at 12 noon (UK time).  Julian looks at applying STiP to repurpose his own organisation a

25th November 2021

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 Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) group at the OU

25th November 2021

Athena SWAN Silver Award

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

22nd September 2021
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