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Changes in global rainfall in the past give future climate change insight

Open University (OU) researchers from the School of Environment Earth and Ecosystems in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Drs Katrina Nilsson-Kerr (previous OU PhD student), Pallavi Anand (project lead) and Philip Holden, carried out an integrated data-model study to show that differences in the large-scale tropical rainfall pattern, including monsoon, are sensitive to climatic changes, thousands of years ago.

18th May 2021

Voice of the Future 2021

Shannon Cameron and Sophie Alexander recenly took part in Voice of the Future 2021.

Shannon and Sophie worked with Dr Pallavi Anand to develop questions and attended the event. It was a great team effort.

18th May 2021

EEES Secures Athena SWAN Bronze

We are delighted to announce that the School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences has secured our first Athena SWAN Bronze award.

The Self-Assessment Team was led by Elaine McPherson and Helen Payne, with contributions from: Clare Lawson; Fiona Aiken; Yoseph Araya; Marcus Badger; Sophie Alexander; Jennie Bellamy; Fran Jenner; David Johnson; Mark Brandon; and Richard Holliman (see right).

6th May 2021

Seeking volunteers to co-design citizen science

Are you interested in nature, biodiversity, the environment as well as technology? Would you like to contribute to the development of technological services for citizen science? 

11th March 2021

New OU/BBC Series: Gold Town

Dr Julie Robson from EEES has been working alongside colleagues from FASS as an academic consultant on a new OU/BBC series called Gold Town. Starting on Sunday 7 March (21.00), this series will be on BBC Scotland (a digital channel).

1st March 2021

New book klaxon: Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology

We are delighted to announce publication of the second edition of Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology, authored by Bruce Yardley and our very own Clare Warren.

 the second edition of Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology

Attached is a copy of the cover; the photo is of a garnet gneiss from Shetland.

8th February 2021

Virtual Microscope - revised and relaunched

Launched in 2012, our Virtual Microscope open-access website has been relaunched following a makeover in early 2021.

The relaunch coincides with the addition of around 200 more geological samples in three new university collections.

20th January 2021

Professor Mark Brandon awarded MBE

Professor of Polar Oceanography, Mark Brandon has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year 2021 Honours for services to Polar Science.

Mark said he owes this award to the OU, giving him the opportunities to conduct his research and be involved with exemplary outreach projects.

4th January 2021

Vote Now Closed: Vote for the OU in ‘Fertilise the Future’ shortlist

The OU's Floodplain Meadows Partnership is in the running to secure up to £180,000 of funding in Ecover's Fertilise the Future challenge and we need the help of the OU family to win!

Fertilise the Future provides grants for innovative green research and projects that can make a real difference to our planet. After making the shortlist, our Floodplain Meadows project is now going head to head with other eco-pioneers in a 'People's Choice' vote on social media.

1st December 2020


Supporting students with dyslexia: an academic’s perspective

10% of the population are dyslexic. My name is Dr Anne Jay, and I am dyslexic. Dyslexia brings challenges that have a considerable impact on OU student success. A key struggle for people with dyslexia is written communication.

20th March 2023

Celebrating Graduation in Manchester

On 22 November Professors Clare Warren, Mark Brandon and Richard Holliman, and Dr Barbara Kunz travelled to Manchester for an OU Graduation Ceremony.

29th November 2022

EEES researcher to lead £800k project to improve global climate change predictions

An EEES researcher is leading a new Natural Environmental Research Council-funded project to improve our ability to predict climate change using cutting-edge analysis of fossilised algae molecules. 

15th November 2022
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