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  • What is shareholder activism?

    By Dr Henry Lahr

    Dr Henry Lahr discusses activist investors, who look for underperforming companies where they can buy a...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Oct 2016

  • What is shareholder activism?

    What is shareholder activism? Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: © Ximagination | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Oct 2016
    Dr Henry Lahr discusses activist investors, who look for underperforming companies where they can buy a stake in the business then lobby for...
  • Banking crimes without end

    By Prof Steve Tombs

    Has the UK financial sector become the 'serial offender' of corporate crimes with mis-selling of...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 May 2016

  • Banking crimes without end

    Banking crimes without end Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 May 2016
    Has the UK financial sector become the 'serial offender' of corporate crimes with mis-selling of products like PPI and pensions? 
  • How large is the UK alternative finance sector?

    New research estimates the size of non-mainstream financial activity at over three billion pounds - and although...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • How large is the UK alternative finance sector?

    How large is the UK alternative finance sector? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Jim Linwood under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
    New research estimates the size of non-mainstream financial activity at over three billion pounds - and although growth is starting to slow, the alternative...
  • Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money

    Learn how to get on top of your debts and gain a better understanding of banking terms with this interactive learning...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 May 2015

  • Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 May 2015
    Learn how to get on top of your debts and gain a better understanding of banking terms with this interactive learning tool.
  • How much government funding do universities get?

    By John Brennan

    John Brennan explains the latest statistics on state funding for universities.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Apr 2015

  • Free course: Managing my investments

    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free...

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    06 Mar 2015

  • Free course: Managing my investments

    Free course: Managing my investments Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Aprescindere | Dreamstime.com
    Updated 06 Mar 2015
    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Managing my investments is an...
  • Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?

    By Jonquil Lowe

    Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Oct 2014

  • Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?

    Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Mark Roy under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Oct 2014
    Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?
  • The energy dilemma

    By Dr Howard Viney

    How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next...

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    5 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    26 Aug 2014

  • The energy dilemma

    The energy dilemma Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Lee Haywood under CC BY-SA 2.0 license under Creative-Commons license
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
    How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election?
  • What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

    By Professor Laurie Taylor, Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti

    Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on...

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    10 mins

    Updated on:

    02 Jul 2014

  • What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

    What happens when you try to put a value on everything? Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: King Ho Yim | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
    Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on how we do politics?

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  • Fundamentals of accounting

    Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Oct 2016

  • Fundamentals of accounting

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
    Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for...
  • Understanding and managing risk

    This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification,...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    21 Apr 2016

  • Understanding and managing risk

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    Understanding and managing risk
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 21 Apr 2016
    This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to...
  • Introducing corporate finance

    This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    11 Feb 2016

  • Introducing corporate finance

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    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
    This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance...
  • Financial strategy and private finance initiative

    Does a hospital have to be owned and managed by the same sector that provides its services? In the early 1990s, the Private Finance Initiative was the...

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    1 hour 15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jun 2009

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    Financial strategy and private finance initiative Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Jun 2009
    Does a hospital have to be owned and managed by the same sector that provides its...