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Ruined buildings and statues in Pompeii, covered by grass

New research into Pompeii to be revealed by OU/BBC co-production

New research findings about Pompeii will be revealed by an Open University (OU)/BBC co- production this month (April 2024).

12th April 2024
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OU research among UK funding boost for international space projects

Projects that showcase the best of UK space expertise on the international stage have secured a funding boost from the UK Space Agency, as the global space industry lands in Colorado Springs for the 39th Space Symposium on Monday 8 April.

8th April 2024
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OU awarded £2M to develop the next generation of UV space telescopes

Open University researchers have been awarded £2.1M to test and develop detectors for the next generation of ultraviolet (UV) space telescopes to continue the search for life on other planets.

8th April 2024
Olga Jurasz wearing a green top and blue jacket, with Alex Davies-Jones, wearing a pink top, looking at a copy of the Online Against Violence report

Largest-ever UK report into online violence against women launched at Westminster

The full report of the largest-ever UK study into online violence against women and girls, designed and led by Professor Olga Jurasz at The Open University (OU) has been launched and discussed at the Houses of Parliament.

25th March 2024
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