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The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer?

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Feb 2016
This month sees the 50th anniversary of the government ‘White Paper’ which launched the OU in 1966.  This author draws attention to...

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Gerry Mooney delves in to a new Oxfam report that lays bare the extraordinary level of inequality in the world. 

Derry Air: the new local history

Derry Air: the new local history Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
After anthropologist and Emeritus Professor of the OU, Ruth Finnegan, OBE, FBA took a trip to her birthplace she reflected afresh about the sources...

Saudi Arabia is paying a heavy price for Iran’s global rehabilitation

Saudi Arabia is paying a heavy price for Iran’s global rehabilitation Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 07 Jan 2016
Saudi Arabia is paying a heavy price for its role in escalating the tension in Saudi-Iranian relations, which has been felt far beyond the...

Is public spending a drain on the economy or the mark of a civilised society?

Is public spending a drain on the economy or the mark of a civilised society? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Dec 2015
Read this article outlining arguements in debate held under the auspices of the Social Sciences Student Connections, Big Conversation. 

Assisted dying or non-assisted living?

Assisted dying or non-assisted living? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
Parliament recently voted against the 'right to die'. Rachel Webb gives a personal account outlining why this could have been the wrong decision...

Public Health and Behaviour Change: from naïve sociology to naïve psychology

Public Health and Behaviour Change: from naïve sociology to naïve psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Oct 2015
Are the 'nudge' campaigns used to promote public health no longer educational but patronising and child-like instead?