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OU at Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics

The Open University is taking part in the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics, in venues across Belfast, 20-26 March. The Festival provides a high quality showcase for new ideas on politics, culture and activism in Northern Ireland to encourage the participation of under-represented groups in political/cultural debate and discussion, to stimulate reflection and debate on difficult and controversial issues, and to promote free speech. The week-long series of events is aimed at engaging people in political/cultural discussion and debate in the broadest sense.

20th March 2017
Who Are We? at Tate

Who are we? A week of participatory installations, conversations, and learning labs

Switch House, Level 5, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:00 to Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 18:00

Who Are We? is a free 6-day cross-platform event curated by Tate Exchange Associates: Counterpoints Arts, The Open University, University of Warwick and Loughborough University.

14th March 2017
Meet the Lords

Meet The Lords starts on BBC2 27/02/17

Meet the Lords, a new, timely, three part series begins on BBC TWO on 27 February at 9pm.  In a TV first, Meet The Lords takes viewers behind the scenes at the House of Lords, with exclusive access and unique insights into what was a turbulent year for the peers, as they battled it out with the Government over dramatic changes to the political landscape. 

27th February 2017
GSM-IT members

GSM-IT project presents interim findings to industry leaders and parliamentarians in the Houses of Parliament

On the 1st February, 2017, members of the GSM-IT team presented at the Industry and Parliamentary Trust's meeting on Digital Skills: Bridging the Gap for Women in Technology.

7th February 2017
Exodus: Our Journey to Europe wins Broadcast award

Broadcasting Award for Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, an OU/BBC Production which was broadcast in July 2016, won the Best Documentary Series award at the Broadcasting Awards held on 1st February 2017.

6th February 2017
Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

New MOOC: Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

A new online course Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World starts on FutureLearn on 6 February.

This invites students to explore ancient life through primary evidence and to understand ancient theories by examining the body.

2nd February 2017
Thinking Allowed 2017

Thinking Allowed 2017

Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences in partnership with The Open University, returns this week for a new 26-part run. Prof. Sophie Watson is The Open University’s Academic Consultant for the series in which Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how we live today. The first programme focuses on global health issues while the second looks at globalisation. 

27th January 2017
Managing in the humanitarian sector MOOC

International online course for humanitarian sector launched

The OU has launched a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Managing in the humanitarian sector, to help front-line humanitarian managers develop key leadership skills. Produced in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy on the Kaya platform, it begins on Monday 23 January 2017.

20th January 2017
BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition

Broadcast of Winning Plays (International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016)

The Day Dad Stole a Bus by Brazilian writer Pericles Silveira will be broadcast on Saturday 21st January 2017. The first of the two winning plays in the 25th BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition, it won the English as a second language category of the competition. It stars Stephen Tompkinson, Wunmi Mosaku and Matthew Marsh, with original music by Raiomond Mirza. It will be broadcast at 20.06 (Local time) on BBC World Service, and repeated on Sunday 22nd January at 12.05.

20th January 2017
To Walk Invisible - film still

New OU/BBC drama: To Walk Invisible on BBC1, 29 December

On Thursday 29th December 2016, a one off drama To Walk Invisible will be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm.  This takes a new look at the extraordinary Brontë family, telling the story of these three remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English Language.

Written and directed by multi BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright, it was filmed in and around Yorkshire and stars Jonathan Pryce, Chloe Pirrie, Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy and Adam Nagaitis.

20th December 2016

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