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Research funding to enable a future infrared camera to support humans in space

OU researchers have been awarded £200,000 from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to test detectors for a new infrared camera to be used to support future human space explorers.

13th March 2023
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University Mental Health Day: OU postgraduate students share their stories

One in four people in the UK will experience mental health difficulties every year. To mark University Mental Health Day (9th March 2023), the charity Student Minds' national campaign to ensure no student is held back by their mental health, four OU postgraduate research students share their experiences.

8th March 2023
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OU research finds social media users lonelier than non-users during pandemic

New research by OU academics and international colleagues finds that people across Europe, Asia, and North and South America using social media messaging apps and platforms felt lonelier than people not using them during the coronavirus pandemic.

8th March 2023
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More than €350k awarded for OU research helping farmers adapt to the climate crisis

Dr Kevin Collins, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Systems, has secured a €359,000 award from the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, for his part in a project to help farmers across the EU’s 27 member states and the UK adapt to the climate crisis.

6th March 2023
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OU researcher calls for more inclusivity in research funding calls

An Open University researcher has produced a report on a pilot scheme which explored the levels of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research funding calls.

27th February 2023
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New research funding to improve performance of space detectors

Researchers at The Open University (OU) have received just over £800,000 to lead a team improving the performance of space detectors for future missions.

27th February 2023
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OU researchers secure €350,000 for social innovation research

Researchers from The Open University (OU) are collaborating with universities, research centres and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Europe on a new €10 million project to decarbonise the continent.

16th February 2023
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OU partners with ‘Hope into Action’ conference around impactful research

The OU is a partner in the Hope Into Action: Social Sciences Impact Conference 2023, which is taking place from 20-21 March 2023.

9th February 2023
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People’s Choice Award-winning OU researchers reflect in new videos

2022 People’s Choice Award winners Dr Margaret Ebubedike and Dr Saraswati Dawadi reflect on how it felt to have their work recognised by the general public in two new videos.

6th February 2023
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Prestigious award recognises PhD researcher's work in Ghanaian schools

PhD student in the School of Engineering and Innovation at The Open University (OU), Lois Damptey, has won a 'Youth Excellence award in Science and Engineering' in Ghana.

1st February 2023

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