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George Handel monument with sky and moon in the background

OU research inspired new album of Handel's music

Modern-day audiences will have the chance to hear George Frideric Handel’s work at its best in a new album released worldwide on 19th November 2021, thanks to research by OU Music academics.

10th November 2021
Aerial view of forest and trees

Project to monitor trees from space receives new funding

A satellite which will classify and monitor trees from space is among climate change and security projects that have just received new funding from the UK Space Agency.

9th November 2021
Andy Lane

OU open education pioneer receives lifelong achievement award

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) has awarded Professor Andy Lane its 2021 Prize for Lifelong Contribution to the field of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

8th November 2021
Student in graduation robe

OU ranked sixth for research student satisfaction

The OU has been ranked sixth globally out of 89 higher education institutions for overall postgraduate research student satisfaction in the national survey of research students announced on 4 November 2021.

5th November 2021
Rishi Sunak holding red box

Autumn budget 2021: experts react

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his autumn budget as the nation wrestles with recovery at the tail end of the COVID pandemic, supply shortages and a mounting crisis in the cost of living. Our panel of experts react to what has been announced.

29th October 2021
Person walking through a dark tunnel

Our sense of wellbeing has been in decline for years – here’s how to turn it around

People’s sense of wellbeing took a dive in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).

19th October 2021
Totem Latamat

OU researcher brings Indigenous peoples’ message to COP26

Professor of Religious Studies, Graham Harvey has worked with intercultural theatre company Border Crossings to bring a totem pole from Mexico to the UK with a powerful message about climate change’s impact on Indigenous peoples.

12th October 2021
Artist’s impression of BepiColombo during a swing-by of Mercury. ESA/ATG medialab

BepiColombo’s first close-up pictures of Mercury’s surface hint at answers to the planet’s secrets

The BepiColombo spacecraft – a joint project by the European and Japanese space agencies – swung by its destination planet Mercury in the early hours of October 2 2021. Passing within just 200km of the surface of Mercury, it sent back some spectacular pictures.

5th October 2021
Finger on phone button on a steering wheel

OU researcher’s impact on driver awareness recognised with top award

Open University researcher Dr Gemma Briggs has won an O²RB Excellence in Impact Award 2021, recognising her role in influencing a UK road safety campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of using hands-free ‘phones while on the road. 

22nd September 2021
Tree lined street

Researching the social and cultural values of urban trees

OU researchers have received funding from UK Research and Innovation to explore the social and cultural values of urban trees to improve the management of urban forests.

16th September 2021

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