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Pioneer of international development at the OU dies

24 April 2019

We are sad to report the death of Professor Ben Crow, a founder member of Development Policy and Practice (DPP) at The Open University.

Barbara Stilwell

‘Mission critical’: nurses’ champion reflects on global healthcare, development and open learning

25 March 2019

Open University alumna Barbara Stilwell is leading a campaign to put nursing at the forefront of global health.


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Supporting access to clean water and sanitation for all

22 March 2019

A free resource to raise awareness of how significant sections of society can be excluded from developments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been created by WaterAid Ethiopia and The Open University.

The KEMRI Deputy Director, Research, Dr Evans Amukoye, joins a group photograph of workshop participants

ICCA project holds inception workshop in Kenya

5 March 2019

The Kenyan team in the GCRF-funded project on Innovation for Cancer Care (ICCA), at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), held an inception workshop last month in Nairobi

Innogen event Panel members

Innogen looks back on impact and forward to post-Brexit strategy

2 March 2019

The Innogen Institute has celebrated its 16th anniversary with an event both retrospective and forward-looking. 

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Distance teacher education in Ghana could ‘leapfrog’ ahead, research finds

22 February 2019

Distance education provision for initial teacher education in Ghana could take a leap ahead, thanks to a fruitful partnership between the OU’s School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport and the University of Cape Coast. 

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Development Management MSc secures Commonwealth Scholarships at ‘end of era’

30 January 2019

Commonwealth Scholarships worth a total of £180,000 have been awarded to fund 10 Ugandan development practitioners to study The Open University’s MSc in Development Management.


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Open University joins the UN Global Compact

29 January 2019

The OU is one of 13 UK academic organisations who have joined the United Nations Global Compact, demonstrating our commitment to do business responsibly and to advance sustainable development. 

The future of co-operation

23 January 2019

With more than 1 billion members worldwide, co-operatives are a significant global phenomenon. But can they enable us to address key social and economic issues of our time? An OU seminar was held to find out.

Registering for IMISCOE's 15th Annual Conference - Barcelona (photo courtesy of IMISCOE)

IMISCOE is changing and the OU is involved

7 January 2019

‘IMISCOE is changing’ was the message from Dr Kesi Mahendran, returning from an event organised to rethink the infrastructure of the international migration, integration and social cohesion research network.

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