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#OU Research - the last 50 years

As the OU celebrates 50 years of research, we remember all of our colleagues past and present who have made contributions to research as well the many projects which have had major impacts on the world around us.

#OU Research - the next 50 years

As The Open University (OU) celebrates 50 years of research, we look at some projects that are set to have a major impact on the future.

Cyber security

Cyber security research and teaching at the OU takes a broad approach which combines human-centred computing and software engineering.


Health and wellbeing research, which is a priority research area for The Open University, focuses on well-being at all stages of life from birth to death in a way which reflects The Open University’s social justice mission and the rights of the individual.

International Migrants Day

As the world marks the United Nations' International Migrants Day (18th December), we share three ways Open University research recognises and attempts to overcome the challenges people moving across borders, especially those who migrate by necessity, face.


Is there life on Mars? is a question often asked by physicists and the title of a TV series. OU researchers have been addressing this question since the beginning of this century.

OU Research at 50

October 2019 is the month that we will celebrate OU Research at 50. Throughout the month, we will share examples of our research excellence on our OU Twitter account, all of which will culminate in the OU Research Excellence Awards 2019 on Wednesday 23 October. 

OU Climate emergency research

As world leaders gather in Glasgow for the United Nation’s 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) from 31 October - 12 November 2021, we look at five ways Open University (OU) research is responding to the climate emergency.

OU Women reseachers who #Choose to challenge

Sparked by the theme of International Women's Day 2021, this spotlight looks at six OU women who have used their research to challenge world views

Student in a library


OU research into how students learn and how best to teach them - what the OU refers to as scholarship - is going a long way towards improving the OU student experience.

Smart Materials

Smart and Functional Materials research  at The Open University is driving forward the development of novel solutions to practical problems, and expanding scientific knowledge, in the fields of Energy, Nanotechnology, Diagnostics and Material Analysis using ‘smart materials’.

The Moon

In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing (20 July 2019), OU researchers address the question of whether it is possible to live on the Moon.

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Cartoon showing an interstellar dust grain coated in water ice, and the types of water-ice bonding that led to different spectral features

OU astronomers make new discoveries about ice structure in space

OU researchers are part of a team who have just published a paper in Nature which describes new findings about the structure of ice in space.

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