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OU researcher calls for more support for carers

An OU lecturer and researcher who became the first-ever Professor of Care, Carers, and Caring, will call for more support for carers to reduce the inequalities they experience in her inaugural lecture this month (6 December 2023).

1st December 2023
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Research funding for Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Programme

Future OU postgraduate research has been recently awarded just over £200,000 funding for the next cohort of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge (OOC) Doctoral Training Programme.

1st December 2023
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£650k funding secured for OU trust in forensic science project

A team led by The Open University has successfully secured a funding grant worth £657,922 for a project investigating trust in forensic science.

22nd November 2023
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The Open University’s OpenSTEM Labs awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The Open University has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its OpenSTEM Labs initiative.

22nd November 2023
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