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£2M research project decolonises how peace is taught in Africa

OU researchers are leading a £2.1M project funded by the Arts & Humanities Council aimed at decolonising peace education in Africa.

12th October 2023
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Researchers call for scrutiny of employment leave for early pregnancy endings

OU researchers have highlighted the need for the scrutiny of any new proposals around employment leave for early pregnancy endings.

6th October 2023
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New OU research platform invites collaboration on societal challenges

A new OU research platform is open for collaboration on some of the most important challenges of our time.

3rd October 2023
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EU Horizon Europe £2.7M research funding to manage extremism

An OU researcher is leading an international team which will develop new tools to manage extremism.

22nd September 2023
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Calls for more ethical fieldwork in space research

A paper from AstrobiologyOU researchers calling for endorsing an ethical approach to fieldwork has been published in Nature Astronomy.

21st September 2023
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OU to host conference on disability research

Valuable insights on disability research, will be shared at the OU’s Exploring Equitable Research Careers for Disabled Researchers conference, hosted online on Thursday 21 September.

18th September 2023
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First OU Citizen Advisory Panel to direct societal challenge-led research

The inaugural meeting of the Open University Citizen Advisory Panel brought together people from all over the OU community, including alumni, students, and members of staff.

8th September 2023
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The Environmental Impact of Filmmaking

Launching on Friday 7 September at the British Film Institute in London, The Environmental Impact of Filmmaking is an Open Societal Challenge project at The Open University, led by Dr Rebecca Harrison.

7th September 2023
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OU research reveals shocking level of online violence experienced by women and girls across the UK

Researchers from The Open University have carried out the UK’s largest ever study into societal attitudes and experiences of online violence against women and girls across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

6th September 2023
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Research funding to improve how Police investigate sexual violence

OU researchers have received funding from The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to work with police forces in England and Wales.

6th September 2023

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Why we need to design technology for and with animals

In her inaugural lecture on 20 June 2024, Clara Mancini, Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, presented her research journey in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction, shared with colleagues from across the world, to develop the art and science of designing technology for and with animals.

21st June 2024
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