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The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC BBC Two

Health, Sports & Psychology

The Secrets of Your Food

'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 

TV Programme
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History & The Arts

The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston

In 1850, The House of Lords gathered to condemn the British Government's use of a blockade to force reparations from Greece. Their intervention wasn't warmly received, as this extract from the Portsmouth Telegraph shows.

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Money & Business

What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down the country, explains Emily Falconer.

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Money & Business

What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down the country, explains Emily Falconer.

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Money & Business

Working in the voluntary sector

This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to some of the main activities carried out by volunteers and staff, will give you some background on how different organisations work and will provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering, as well as to your every day life.

Free course
24 hrs

Money & Business

First steps in innovation and entrepreneurship

This free course provides you with a short introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship, clarifying some key themes and terminology and helping you to examine your own views about these important subjects.

Free course
8 hrs
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Education & Development

Childhood in the digital age

This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development

Encouraging book talk in the school library

As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books, but children are quite clear about what they like and don't like. It is possible to get children to discuss why they liked or did not like particular books and to encourage them to think more deeply about the books they've read. This free course, Encouraging book talk in the school library, offers ideas and activities to engage pupils in discussing books. It is aimed at librarians, teaching assistants and other adults working with pupils in school libraries.

Free course
4 hrs
The world of the primary school Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BSIP SA / Alamy Stock Photo free course icon Level 1 icon

Education & Development

The world of the primary school

Primary education is a dynamic and exciting area to study and become involved in. This free course, The world of the primary school, introduces the various members of a primary school community, and considers the nature of their involvement and how this has evolved in the UK over recent years. It explores ideas about the primary school curriculum and the role of teachers and support staff in supporting children's learning.

Free course
8 hrs
The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC BBC Two

Health, Sports & Psychology

The Secrets of Your Food

'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 

TV Programme
Work and mental health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock free course icon Level 2 icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Work and mental health

Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.

Free course
5 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology

How are insect wings helping replace antibiotics?

Indian researchers have taken inspiration from nature to develop a way of protecting replacement hips and joints from infection - without the need for antibiotics. 

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The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: D.J. Pound article icon

History & The Arts

The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston

In 1850, The House of Lords gathered to condemn the British Government's use of a blockade to force reparations from Greece. Their intervention wasn't warmly received, as this extract from the Portsmouth Telegraph shows.

Article
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History & The Arts

The People on the Notes: Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry, sometimes known as 'the angel of prisons', was depicted on the £5 note for over a decade - only recently being replaced by Winston Churchill. Here's what we know about her:

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A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws Creative commons image Icon Helen Wells under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license article icon

History & The Arts

A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws

Trevor Thomas built a reputation in Leicester - before British attidues to his sexuality nearly destroyed his life.

Article
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Languages

Swapping between languages: Bilingual people expressing emotions

If you speak two languages, is the trigger to switch between them an emotional one? Hanan Ben Nafa has been investigating.

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Beginners’ French: food and drink Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Ian Shaw/Alamy. free course icon Level 1 icon

Languages

Beginners’ French: food and drink

Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and drink, you will also gain an insight into French societies and cultures through focusing on food and drink. You will listen to French speakers in a variety of situations, and you will be provided with some skills for coping with reading texts.

Free course
5 hrs
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Languages

"That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty.

Video
15 mins
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Nature & Environment

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

Trump's wall will not only have long-lasting impact on human society, but also severe ecological consequences.

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Nature & Environment

How are drones keeping track of songbirds?

Keeping track on bird populations? It's the perfect task for a drone. Mary Bates reports.

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'Land grab': an environmental issue? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Tobias Helbig/ iStockphoto free course icon Level 2 icon

Nature & Environment

'Land grab': an environmental issue?

This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and offers tools for making sense of the complexity that results. The case of land grab illustrates how everyday issues such as food prices are caught up in connections that link different places, different people and their livelihoods across the globe; connections that are brought to life in the course through rich audio-visual material and interactive activities.

Free course
8 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Gold: Medicine for the Brain

Once used for decoration in the ancient world, discover why gold particles are now considered treasure in the world of medicine...

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Science, Maths & Technology

Targeted genome editing: Introducing the CRISPR/Cas9 system

Ever heard of CRISPR/Cas9? OU research student, Sonia Azeggagh, explains the impact of this genome editing technology on biology and medicine:

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Science, Maths & Technology

Rewriting DNA: An introduction to genome editing

Why would scientists want to alter the DNA of organisms or cells? One OU Ph.D. student explains all you need to know about genome editing...

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Society, Politics & Law

Meg Russell discusses the House of Lords

An interview with Meg Russell, an expert in the workings of the House of Lords. 

Video
20 mins
House of Lords: an audio collection Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC audio icon

Society, Politics & Law

House of Lords: an audio collection

Dr Richard Heffernan discusses the past, present and future of the House of Lords.

Audio
30 mins
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Society, Politics & Law

Meet the Lords: Further reading

Seen Meet the Lords, or just want some extra information about the House of Lords? Here's a handy list of resources.

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