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Expanding gay sex pardons to women won’t help most prosecuted lesbian

More than a decade after launching a scheme to disregard and pardon convictions for historic “gay sex” offences, the government has now announced the scheme will apply to women.

26th June 2023
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An element essential to life discovered on one of Saturn’s moons, raising hopes of finding alien microbes

Enceladus is the tiny moon of Saturn that seems to have it all. Its icy surface is intricately carved by ongoing geological processes. Its icy shell overlies an internal, liquid ocean. There, chemically charged warm water seeps out of the rocky core onto the ocean floor – potentially providing nourishment for microbial life.

16th June 2023
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Why learners, politicians, practitioners and users are not the enemy and how to listen to them!

Professor Anne Adams, Professor of Engaged Practice and Research at the OU’s Institute of Education Technology, delivered her inaugural lecture on: Why learners, politicians, practitioners and users are not the enemy and how to listen to them! on 13 June 2023.

13th June 2023
A monument of Adam Smith

Five reasons Adam Smith remains Britain’s most important economist, 300 years on

June 5 2023 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Smith, the 18th-century British economist widely hailed as the father of modern economics.

9th June 2023
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Uganda’s Ghetto Kids make Britain’s Got Talent history – here’s the reality of ‘orphanages’ around the world

A group of talented young dancers from Uganda warmed hearts around the world after earning the coveted “golden buzzer” on Britain’s Got Talent.

5th June 2023
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OU Sustainability Research Festival 2023 highlights the need for collaboration

Participants in The Open University's first Sustainability Research Festival highlighted willingness to collaborate as a key requirement to tackle environmental challenges both locally and globally.

2nd June 2023
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Research to revolutionise care for older people

New research on social care and older people resulted in a toolkit designed by The Open University aimed at transforming the well-being of older people and staff in the care sector.

30th May 2023
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Research into the impact of cyber victimisation

A project around cyber victimisation, which is part of The Open University's Open Societal Challenges themes around Tackling Inequalities and Living Well, has had findings published.

30th May 2023
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Researching the impact of gender on maintaining authoritarian state regimes

A project, which is part of The Open University's Open Societal Challenges themes around Tackling inequalities, has had findings published in Women’s Studies International Forum Journal.

25th May 2023
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Music, politics and the importance of understanding the text

Music, politics and the importance of understanding the text is a joint inaugural lecture delivered by Elaine Moohan, Professor of Musicology and Byron Dueck, Professor of Music in The Open University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who presented their research into religious music from Scotland, England and Cameroon on Tuesday 16 May 2023.

15th May 2023

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