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A young boy plays with a toy pistol on a street in Belfast with people and soldiers in the background

Gripping OU/BBC series ‘Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland’ unveils the hidden stories behind The Troubles

Hard-hitting new OU/BBC series Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland explores the human experiences of The Troubles, giving voice to the people who share intimate stories from all sides of the conflict.

25th May 2023
A female forensics scientist wearing protective clothing removes two test tubes from a transparent evidence bag at a workstation in a laboratory

OU/BBC series ‘Forensics: The Real CSI’ returns for third series

OU/BBC co-production ‘Forensics: The Real CSI’ returns to BBC2 with 4 new episodes, with Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology Dr Jim Turner as one of the academic consultants.

22nd May 2023
Puffin bollards - three painted cast metal sculptures by artist David Kemp near the beach

Art Historians go Wild

Sam Shaw and Carla Benzan, lecturers in Art History, have been contributing to the buzz around the highly popular BBC/OU co-production Wild Isles.

13th April 2023
Daniel Tammet smiles proudly wearing Open University academic dress

Acclaimed writer Daniel Tammet awarded Honorary Doctorate

Award-winning writer and OU graduate, Daniel Tammet, praised the “vital role” played by the arts as he received an Honorary Doctorate for services to the arts and sciences.

13th April 2023
Bio picture of Dan Taylor, Lecturer in Social and Political Thought

FASS academic chosen out of hundreds for a broadcast project

OU academic Dan Taylor has won one of the nation’s 10 coveted places as a “New Generation Thinker” to bring fresh thinking to a range of topics on the world around us.

12th April 2023

Panel puts careers in Arts & Humanities centre stage

FASS academic chairs a cross-sector panel on the value of education in Arts & Humanities to freelancers, major employers, and the UK economy as part of the Creative Coalition Festival in London.

22nd March 2023
A child holds out a bouquet of daffodils

How a break in fasting evolved into a celebration of motherhood

Professor John Wolffe, Religious Studies, writes on how Mothering Sunday has evolved over the centuries from its origins as a break in lent to a secular celebration of family. 

17th March 2023
Professor Rosalind Crone holds up a handwritten document to the camera in an Archive

OU Historian returns as expert consultant for second series of Lady Killers

Professor Rosalind Crone, Head of History, returns as Historical Consultant for BBC’s Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley, and appears throughout the new series, which takes a contemporary feminist perspective to true-crime cases.

17th March 2023
CCOM logo with the text children caring on the move, underneath

New training for working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children encourages ‘practising with care in mind’

A new online course, jointly developed by experts at The Open University and the University of Northampton, is now available for social care professionals who work with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) and separated or lone migrant young people.

7th March 2023

New OU/BBC series ‘The Women Who Changed Modern Scotland’ reveals how pioneering women have transformed Scotland

OU/BBC co-production The Women Who Changes Scotland reveals how pioneering women since the 1960s transformed Scotland’s laws, culture, and imagination.

27th February 2023

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