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OU academic awarded Commonwealth of Learning Chair

An OU academic has received one of five Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Chairs; a prestigious honorary appointment aimed at developing technology-enhanced education.

15th May 2023
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New research grant looks at resolving irregular heartbeats

An OU researcher has received almost £100,000 to study irregular heartbeats and to propose a solution to prevent them.

4th May 2023
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The making of design creatives: a capability approach to addressing societal challenges

Theo Zamenopoulos, Professor of Citizen-led design, Engineering & Innovation, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, delivered his inaugural lecture on the work and capabilities of design creatives and their contribution to addressing societal challenges.

19th April 2023
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New potential water resources for lunar exploration

Research supported by an OU academic, has found that glass beads formed from the cooling of melted material ejected by and found strewn across the Moon could store substantial quantities of water.

30th March 2023
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Four ways the UK economy is being hampered by the private sector

The UK government has decided to go ahead with a rise in corporation tax in April 2023. The move is a clear reversal of the tax reduction which previous chancellors hoped would encourage output and innovation.

27th March 2023
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Matt Hancock leaks: why WhatsApp is a terrible place to conduct important political conversations

The leak of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages exchanged between former health secretary Matt Hancock and his contacts has finally exposed the central role the messaging app has come to play in official government business.

22nd March 2023
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How world sport got into a mess over trans athletes – and how it can get out of it

World sport has been convulsed over the past few months – indeed years – by questions about trans athletes, especially trans women, competing in their acquired gender.

22nd March 2023
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Three ways the ‘back to work’ budget will affect your finances

In the 2023 spring budget, UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled a raft of measures designed to boost economic growth and productivity. To achieve this he has overhauled both pensions and childcare support, which will have implications for current and future personal finances.

17th March 2023
A perspective view across Maat Mons on Venus, based on Magellan radar data. Nasa/JPL

Venus: proof of active volcanoes – at last

Venus is almost the same size, mass and density as Earth. So it should be generating heat in its interior (by the decay of radioactive elements) at much the same rate as the Earth does.

17th March 2023
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New UK Space Agency funding brings Moon base one step closer

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has awarded OU space researchers £200,000 to continue developing a one-of-a-kind construction method that could one day enable us to build on the Moon from lunar soil.

14th March 2023

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