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Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Who's profitting from the misery of the detainees? This article questions the issue of privatisation in Immigration Removal Centres.

PodMag April 2016

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PodMag April 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 14 Apr 2016
PodMag is the monthly update of news, views and interviews from the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University.

Why New York-style rent controls would not work in London

Why New York-style rent controls would not work in London Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Alan Shipman explains why the New York rent control model can't be easily copied by cities in the UK. 

How happiness is challenging GDP as the measure of a country’s health

How happiness is challenging GDP as the measure of a country’s health Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Mar 2016
Professor Paul Anand explains why income isn't the be all and end all of life quality when we measure happiness.

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
With part-time and disabled students being the most vulnerable in the sector, the government needs to safeguard rather than cut the...

Geography Matters

Geography Matters Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
A new initiative Georgraphy Matters is coming to the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Why sportspeople convicted of violence against women forfeit their right to be 'stars'

Why sportspeople convicted of violence against women forfeit their right to be 'stars' Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edward © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2016
Should a sports star, convicted of crimes of violence against women, be allowed to return to the privileged position they occupied before they...

What does the head of Ofsted do?

What does the head of Ofsted do? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain ©The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2016
Dr Baxter argues that a new Ofsted head should understand the culture of the English system and not simply denigrate unions. 

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
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...