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Headshots of contributors to What The Water Gave Us, an anthology about migration by women and non-binary writers

Launch of Arts Council anthology of women writers from migrant backgrounds

OU Creative Writing lecturer Dr Emma Claire Sweeney celebrates launch of anthology by women from migrant backgrounds produced during a year-long Arts Council-funded mentoring programme run by The Ruppin Agency Writers’ Studio, which she directs.

30th June 2023
A teacher’s hand points to musical notes on a colourful interactive whiteboard

OU Music launches scholarships for teachers of underrepresented groups

Open University Music department offers scholarships to teachers who work with traditionally underrepresented groups, to study either of the modules Music, Sound and Technology, or Understanding Music.

12th June 2023
A colourful word map graphic with place names from all over the world and friendly greetings.

Arts and Humanities PhD lecture series comes to a close

More than 300 attendees from all over the world met the next generation of Arts and Humanities researchers, during a five-week festival of free online lectures delivered by PhD students from the school. 

31st May 2023
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

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