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People's Choice-winning sex-trafficking survivor research recognised

Professor Kevin Shakesheff, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at The Open University (OU), presented Dr Margaret Ebubedike and Dr Saraswati Dawadi with The People's Choice award for their research helping sex-trafficking survivors rebuild their lives at a ceremony at the University's Milton Keynes Campus earlier this month.

20th December 2022
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What does Mars sound like? Rover microphone has recorded the red planet’s dust devils

A dust devil looks a bit like a tornado, but is weaker and rarely lasts more than about a minute. It is a twisting column of warmed air scooting across sun-heated ground, made visible by the dust that it lofts upwards. Although usually benign, occasionally dust devils can kill.

14th December 2022
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New extended reality studios to expand research into learning

The Open University has received £5.8M from the Office for Students to develop extended reality studios to expand its teaching and learning with augmented and virtual reality.

9th December 2022
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Aspects of empowerment in legislation and education

The Open University hosted Professor Stephanie Pywell’s inaugural lecture on 6 December 2022.

7th December 2022
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Bake Your Research winners raise study, environment and space

This year’s Open University (OU) Graduate School Bake Your Research competition winners have reflected OU priorities in their baking, particularly around the theme of sustainability.

5th December 2022
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Our US$10 trillion global energy bill dwarfs what’s needed to limit global heating

The world’s energy bill for 2022 is set to be the highest ever, topping US$10 trillion (£8.3 trillion). This is the total price paid for all forms of energy across all sectors by all people. Something like 80% of this bill is for coal, oil or gas, or for electricity generated from these fossil fuels.

29th November 2022
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UK Space Agency extends funding for OU space imaging project

The UK Space Agency has signalled its commitment to OU space research by increasing its funding for a pioneering space imaging project by more than £287,000. The grant adds to the £114,000 the agency invested in the project in 2021.

22nd November 2022
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Improving the experience of witnesses in health and care professional practice proceedings

In a world first, researchers have been funded to study the experience of witnesses who give evidence in professional conduct hearings about care provided by health and social care professionals.

15th November 2022
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OU researchers in coalition developing UK’s low-carbon building standards

Open University researchers Dr Alice Moncaster and Jane Anderson are part of a coalition of construction industry experts and academics developing the UK’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard to transform the construction industry.

11th November 2022
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1962’s Sino-Indian border war lasted four weeks – internment of India’s Chinese community lasted years

As the Cuban missile crisis gripped the world’s attention 60 years ago, a less remembered conflict broke out high in the mountain passes of the Himalayas. Tensions had been mounting for months on the border between India and China and on October 20 the Chinese People’s Liberation Army attacked Indian forces on disputed territory and started the 1962 Sino-Indian war.

8th November 2022

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