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Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis Creative commons image Credit: Jörg Rüger under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Nine leading academics were given the chance to put their questions to the man who - for six months - was Greece's finance minister. Here's what...

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
After nearly a century, the BBC has announced it's looking for a new weather partner. That's bad news for the Met Office.

Supreme Streets: An Adventure Into Employee-Ownership

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Supreme Streets: An Adventure Into Employee-Ownership Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
So we have all heard of John Lewis, but did you know it is employee-owned? And what does this actually mean? Follow Supreme Streets' journey...

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do?

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do? Creative commons image Credit: Maurizio Pesce under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Indian-born Sundar Pichai has been appointed CEO at Google. How did India react to the news? Like anything, with jokes and Wikipedia edit wars.

Do tax breaks work well for promoting creative industries?

Do tax breaks work well for promoting creative industries? Creative commons image Credit: Vancouver Film School under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Today, the EU has announced approval for an extension of tax breaks for the British film industry. But is this form of indirect subsidy the best...

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design Copyright free image Credit: tommumf New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2015
We know what's wrong with design committees: too many cooks; too much spoiled broth; bitter recriminations over who spoiled the broth; broth being...

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results?

What is ROWE - and does it deliver results? Copyright free image Credit: Cal-America
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
ROWE - where employees are judged on what they do, rather than where they are, remains popular with some organisations. But does it deliver results?

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market Creative commons image Credit: dalvenjah under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
After fifteen years locked out of the largest potential market, non Chinese game consoles are finally being sold in mainland China. But is it too...

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Aug 2015
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Developing your skills as an HR professional

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Masters level Duration 9 hours Updated 20 Aug 2015
This free course will help you to develop some of the skills you will need to be effective as an HR professional. You will practise learning...

Facilitating group discussions

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Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jul 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course you will look at some of the behaviours effective...

What is strategy?

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Jul 2015
Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course, What is strategy?, focuses on practitioner views of strategy. You...

The role of the manager

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
This free course, The role of the manager, examines the manager role in theory and in practice. You will begin by considering two classic theories...

What is strategic human resource management?

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, What is strategic human resource management?, is about the interplay between decision making in HR and the multiple environments...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Jun 2015
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Project management: the start of the project journey

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Project management: the start of the project journey Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 35 hours Updated 26 May 2015
The free course, Project management: the start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services

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Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This certificate course is designed to give professional recognition to employees working in public service delivery. Developed in partnership with...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Professional Certificate in Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 700 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...