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Research finds that online dance classes improve accessibility to physical activity for unpaid carers

Research has found online dancing for unpaid carers in the UK to be feasible, accessible and encouraging for carers to start making more time for themselves.

2nd February 2024
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OU research informs “Relaxed Tutorial” model for HE sector

Open University (OU) researchers have developed a new “Relaxed Tutorial” model which offers a more accessible learning experience to neurodivergent students and students with anxiety.

31st January 2024
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OU research calls for further exploration of assistance technologies

Researchers are calling for further exploration of remote sensing technologies designed to support the independence of older adults in their daily activities.

23rd January 2024
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OU research supports knee patient surgery

One of the OU’s Open Societal Challenges under the Living Well theme, has led to the development of a new physiotherapy device.

19th January 2024
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The Open University awarded £7.7m to protect women and girls online

Researchers at The Open University (OU) have been awarded £7,730,000 from Research England to create a new centre for protecting women against violence online.

16th January 2024
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PhD students’ mental health is poor and the pandemic made it worse – but there are coping strategies that can help

A pre-pandemic study on PhD students’ mental health showed that they often struggle with such issues. Financial insecurity and feelings of isolation can be among the factors affecting students’ wellbeing.

10th January 2024
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#JeSuisCharlie was one of the most viral hashtags in history – here’s why it wouldn’t happen today

It will be nine years on January 7 since a shooting at French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 and injured 11 of its employees. The attack led to an immediate and unprecedented outpouring of solidarity around the world. Much of this support was organised online, using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie).

8th January 2024
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Successful lift-off for historic mission to the Moon

Peregrine Mission One has successfully lifted off on its journey from Florida to the Moon on a historic mission that will pave the way for future exploration and long-term human presence in space.

5th January 2024
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I research the therapeutic qualities of writing about art – here are three steps for trying it yourself

What do we learn about ourselves when we write creatively about an artwork? I asked myself this question during my creative writing PhD, where my focus was on writing a collection of poems in response to modern and contemporary art.

5th January 2024
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OU researcher awarded Polar Medal in New Year’s Honours list

An OU researcher, who is one of the UK’s most experienced polar researchers, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

4th January 2024

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