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Science, Maths & Technology 

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer

Following workers for three years as they race to build an enormous super sewer on time and on budget.

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History & The Arts 

World Emoji Day

July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic insights and related FREE courses.

Video
20 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

How London got its Victorian sewers

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into existence?

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Money & Business 

The business of football

Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management, then this engaging and stimulating course, which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others, is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3 to 5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Free course
15 hrs
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Money & Business 

Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis

This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to develop your writing skills for business. You will be taken step by step through the process of writing a SWOT analysis, with clear advice on selecting key information from a case study text, making concise notes, choosing an appropriate structure and using language effectively. You will learn how to write a formal report including recommendations, based on a case study analysis of the British company, Brompton Bicycle.

Free course
8 hrs
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Money & Business 

Airbus and Brexit: What do you need to know?

Mark Johnson explains the relationship between Airbus, Britain and Brexit.

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Education & Development 

Taking your first steps into higher education

What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities; the social sciences; and maths, technology and science.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Tomorrow's Ed

What's possible in the future of education? We've pulled together some of our best FREE learning content pondering this question...

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Education & Development 

The power of infographics in research dissemination

Infographics are becoming an essential tool in data representation and research communication. In this free course, The power of infographics in research dissemination, you will explore when and how infographics can be useful to your work. You will look at some good and bad practice in making and using infographics, and will learn how to evaluate infographics that appear to be presenting research evidence. The course concludes by introducing some free resources that can help you produce effective infographics of your own, and critically evaluate the infographics of others.

Free course
7 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Calling the game: Sexism in World Cup punditry

Eniola Aluko has worn the three lions - so why did her ITV colleagues treat her knowledge of football as a surprise? We've got a way to go to chase sexism out the commnetary box, says the OU's Kath Woodward.

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5 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The psychology of World Cup fans

Sure, football is popular but it's never as popular as during a World Cup. Why is that? And does all this on-pitch conflict lead to countries hating each other a little bit more? Chris Stiff explores the psychology of people caught up in the men's World Cup.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

OpenLearn Live: 2018 World Cup Special

You might have noticed that England have made the Semi Finals of the men's World Cup. With football writing 'HOME' on a big piece of cardboard and standing hopefully at the side of road with its thumb out, fight the big match nerves with some calming insights into the world of soccer.

Article
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History & The Arts 

World Emoji Day

July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic insights and related FREE courses.

Video
20 mins
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History & The Arts 

Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It

Do you enjoy watching Shakespeare's plays and like the idea of finding out more about them? This free course, Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It, will guide you through some of the most important speeches and scenes from one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

Free course
6 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

Free course
24 hrs
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Languages 

Beginners' German: Places and people

Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Beginners' German: Places and people, will take you on a journey through German-speaking countries. You will read and hear about a range of places and people. This OpenLearn course will give you the opportunity to develop language skills which will help you to cope in a range of situations.

Free course
5 hrs
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Languages 

Unparliamentary language: the benefits of swearing in politics

Getting it wrong can be career-limiting, but getting it right can be hugely advantageous says Dr Philip Seargeant.

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Languages 

How to learn a language

Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully. This free course, How to learn a language, introduces the skills and strategies for language learning, setting realistic goals when learning languages and keeping motivated, practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies. It will enable you to evaluate resources and create a virtual immersion environment.

Free course
24 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Animals at the extremes: The desert environment

Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This free course, Animals at the extremes: The desert environment, looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there. It splits these animals into three groups according to their strategy for survival: evaders, evaporators and endurers, then discusses how these strategies work on a biochemical and physiological level.

Free course
14 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

When is the best time to water during a heatwave?

The sun is out, the sky is blue; there's not a cloud to spoil the view and have you seen what that's doing to the herbaceous border? Botanist Alastair Culham explains how to make the most of watering as Britain continues to experience a hot spell.

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Nature & Environment 

Plastic planet

The discovery of plastic unleashed humanity's creativity, as we embraced the magic of this versatile product. But it was at a cost - has the material which made the 21st Century brought about an environmental catastrophe?

Article
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Science, Maths & Technology 

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer

Following workers for three years as they race to build an enormous super sewer on time and on budget.

TV Programme
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How London got its Victorian sewers article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How London got its Victorian sewers

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into existence?

Article
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Science, Maths & Technology 

If Infinity Wars had peer review instead of script editors

Bill Sullivan imagines the feedback facing The Avengers, if Hollywood worked the way scientific journals work. WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Starting with law

This free course, Starting with law, explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and responsibilities of the individual. You will examine how laws are made, and how they affect us at different points in our lives. It is an ideal course if you are a beginner or returning to study.

Free course
3 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Introduction to Environment and society

We live at a key moment in environment and society relations. Take a snapshot of the range of themes and issues explored in the OU module DD213 Environment and society through this introductory video.

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5 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

Even the homeless can have a 'home'

A judgement in a Liverpool court has confirmed that even people without a physical home are entitled to a sense of home. Clare Kinsella explains.

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