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OU researchers are supporting some of the most disadvantaged sectors of society, many of whom have felt the full impact of the pandemic.

First findings about how children are impacted by COVID-19

Research funded by the OU's Rapid Response scheme has looked at the impact of COVID-19 on children

Funding to explore the development needs of BAME leaders

Funding from the OU's Rapid Response to COVID-19 is making it possible to explore the development needs of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders

Reports call for more support for people with learning disabilities

Two reports on the effect of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities launched on 10 December at an event: Filling the Gaps, aimed at funders and policy makers

5th Black and Minority Early Career Researchers Conference 2021

This year's Black and Minority Ethnic Early Career Researchers Conference was co-hosted by The Open University and the University of West London. Over 180 guests joined us for this year's conference, founded by Dr Bernadine Idowu-Onibokun. Keynote speakers included Professor Gus John and Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin. Themes included wellbeing, resilience and mentoring. Inspiring sessions and discussions helped delegates gain advice and support for overcoming the many barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic Early Career Researchers working in Higher Education.

Watch the videos from the conference