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Literature review published on the wellbeing and mobility of female doctorate holders

An Open University led research review has identified inequity during the early career period for female doctoral graduates inside and outside academia.

23rd May 2024
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£1.5 million grant for Centre for Electronic Imaging collaboration

The Open University has received funding in excess of £1.5 million from Teledyne e2v for phase five of a collaboration agreement that sponsors blue skies OU research in advanced detector technology for space imaging.

20th May 2024
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OU receives funding to understand anti-Catholicism prejudice

The Open University has received £340,000 funding from the Leverhulme Trust to look into anti-Catholicism in the UK and Ireland since 1945.

17th May 2024
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OU signs charter to promote greater inclusivity in business

The Open University has become a signatory of the Charter for Inclusive Entrepreneurship launched by the University of Nottingham to remove barriers to entrepreneurship for under-represented social groups.

16th May 2024
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