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No easy roads to development in Nepal

15 January 2020

Kirsteen Merrilees is an engineer building roads in a remote region of one of the world’s most mountainous countries. She combines her challenging job with studying for an OU PhD.


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OU offers PhD studentships in Development Policy and Practice

2 December 2019

The OU invites applications for fully-funded PhD research studentships, under a doctoral training partnership linking the OU, Brunel University London and Oxford University.

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New OU course to help aid workers keep young & vulnerable safe

1 November 2019

Online training to help humanitarian and development workers worldwide to fight abuse has been created by The Open University for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA).

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All the world’s a stage when development meets Shakespeare

28 October 2019

The Open University’s Development Policy and Practice (DPP) group has contributed to a project led by Shakespeare’s Globe theatre to provide teacher development in China.

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China in Africa: free course explores the oil link

27 September 2019

Cutting-edge research into China’s growing influence in Africa has been translated into a free, online course.

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Our research students working to increase access to cancer care

4 September 2019

Two Open University PhD students, whose study is funded by the UK's Global Challenge Research Fund, talk about their work.

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OU-BBC radio series on Sustainable Development Goals to launch

3 September 2019

The innovative radio series will invite 17-year-olds to challenge experts on the Sustainable Development Goals.

A high point for TIDE project in Myanmar

25 June 2019

The first Open University international development programme to operate in Myanmar has reached a milestone with its residential school for 228 university academics and staff.

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Research seeds ‘transformative’ initiative in southern Africa

11 June 2019

Research led by The Open University is behind a potentially ‘transformative’ regional monitoring system being rolled out across 16 countries in southern Africa.

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Research, but not as we know it

5 June 2019

Arts, academia and activism came together in an exciting mix at the Tate Exchange ‘Who are we?’ programme organised by The Open University and Counterpoints Arts.

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