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An assortment pile of international and local coins

Psychology talk covers the visual bias we probably see every day

A recent talk by OU Professor Peter Hegarty, Co-Director of the Open Psychology Research Centre (OPRC), uses the newly minted King Charles III coins as an introduction to left-to-right asymmetries in the arts, written word, and sciences – and the significance of the ‘spatial agency bias’.

19th January 2023
A black and white, brown and black cow standing near barbed wire

Does Veganism as a ‘lifestyle’ detract from the original intention?

With increasing focus on the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, is the movement at risk of losing sight of its core values? This Veganuary, we asked Dr Matthew Cole, to cast new light on an often controversial subject.

17th January 2023
Police woman inputting information into a ticket machine standing next to a car

We need to talk about handsfree – OU psychology research delves into roads policing

The Open University, in collaboration with Staffordshire and Keele Universities, has been awarded £24k from the Road Safety Trust for research on the policing of distracted driving, and officer understanding of the dangers of handsfree mobile phone use behind the wheel.

21st December 2022
Three Minority Ethnic students sitting on grass talking to each other

Celebrating student achievement and performance

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) presents its Awards to outstanding and inspirational students from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student community.

5th December 2022
Emeritus Professor Donald Burrows

Emeritus Professor of Music honoured

Emeritus Professor of Music Donald Burrows has been honoured by the publication of a festschrift by those he has inspired throughout his career which celebrates his work.

23rd November 2022
The six black British participants of We Are Black and British sharing cups of tea. Copyright Cardiff Productions

FASS supported OU/BBC co-production wins prestigious award

OU/BBC co-production We Are Black and British, supported by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences academics, wins prestigious Grierson Award.

16th November 2022
profile pictures of Jane Hutt (Minister for Social Justice, Wales) and Mark Drakeford ((First Minister of Wales)

Wales’ First Minister and Social Justice Minister to discuss radical basic income pilot at OU Economics seminar

The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford MS and the Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt MS will join an Open University Economics seminar next month to discuss the Welsh Government’s radical pilot of a basic income for care leavers.

7th November 2022
OU Music academic Mai Kawabata

BBC Philharmonic concert to feature Music academic’s research

Research carried out by an OU Music academic will be featured in the upcoming BBC Philharmonic: Rediscovered Composers concert.

4th November 2022

Society’s biggest challenges explored by third annual SSGS magazine

The new SSGS magazine showcases the most up-to-date teaching and research from the school, delving into everything from the cost-of-living crisis to space ethics, via the science of long-term love and decolonising religious studies.  

26th September 2022
A photograph showing film props that have been left after a shoot as debris in the Tunisian desert

Star Wars study puts film industry’s sustainability under the spotlight

Landmark research project to trace life cycle of four Star Wars props, from the extraction of materials all the way through to disposal, examining the environmental impacts of this epic scale of production.

6th September 2022

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