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FASS launches Open Politics seminar series in partnership with UK Parliament

An exciting programme of free online events organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences kick-starts in February, featuring external speakers from BBC Cumbria and UK Parliament.

26th January 2022
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New BBCTwo/OU two-part series “The Decade the Rich Won” reveals secrets about the 2008 Financial Crisis

Broadcast on 25 January and 1 February at 21:00 on BBCTwo, two-part series The Decade the Rich Won talks to insiders about the 2008 financial crash and its far-reaching repercussions.

25th January 2022
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The real impact of inflation on individual households

The UK Government’s latest data shows UK price inflation has risen by 4.8% year-on-year, but for many the jump in the cost of the weekly shop and household bills is much higher than that. Jonquil Lowe discusses the impact.

21st January 2022
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Creative Writing academic joins the inspiring line-up for Creative Coalition Festival 2022

Dr Emma Claire Sweeney, Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), will be among the fantastic line-up of speakers for this year’s Creative Coalition Festival.

17th January 2022
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Celebrating Student Success

The FASS Student Awards, led by the FASS Student EDI Team, presented the inaugural Joan Armatrading and Sir Lenny Henry awards in November 2021.

22nd December 2021
Graphic depicting 36,000 deaths of global health workers

FASS Academic leads first study focusing on COVID mortality impact on migrant health care workers

On International Migrants Day 2021 we spotlight some research that shows that migrant health workers are most at risk from COVID, highlighting some of the imbalances in global health care systems.

17th December 2021
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OU Politics academic appointed to fellowship

Dr Donna Smith, Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) within the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies, has been made a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education.

16th December 2021
Professor Steven Pinker

Think with Pinker: better decision making explored in new BBC series

New 12-part OU/BBC series Think with Pinker explores the intricacies of decision making, inviting listeners to discover how to make better decisions themselves.

8th December 2021
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The fallibilities of facial recognition

Forensic research in areas such as facial recognition is a vital element in developing the knowledge base around the techniques required to reduce wrongful convictions. Find out more with Dr Catriona Havard.

6th December 2021
Following a month-long tour of the country which concluded at COP26 in Glasgow last month, TOTEM LATAMAT – a 4.5m tall totem from Mexico – has been laid to rest at a special ceremony.

TOTEM LATAMAT is laid to rest after sharing an important message at COP26

Following a month-long tour of the country which concluded at COP26 in Glasgow last month, TOTEM LATAMAT – a 4.5m tall totem from Mexico – has been laid to rest at a special ceremony.

2nd December 2021

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