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  • Privatising Thames Water Creative commons image Icon Richard Ellis under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Privatising Thames Water

    By Michael Pryke

    How did a public utlity turn into a financial instrument?

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 May 2017

  • Privatising Thames Water

    Privatising Thames Water Creative commons image Icon Richard Ellis under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 May 2017
    How did a public utlity turn into a financial instrument?
  • Did the economic outlook encourage a snap election? Creative commons image Icon Rob Brewer under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Did the economic outlook encourage a snap election?

    By Professor Richard Murphy

    Worries that the economy might be heading downhill led Theresa May to call the surprise election, believes Richard...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Apr 2017

  • Did the economic outlook encourage a snap election?

    Did the economic outlook encourage a snap election? Creative commons image Icon Rob Brewer under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    Worries that the economy might be heading downhill led Theresa May to call the surprise election, believes Richard Murphy of City University.
  • What impact does your pet's food have on the environment? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: publicdomainpictures.net

    What impact does your pet's food have on the environment?

    By Dr Cailin Heinze

    Producing food for our four-legged friends comes with a massive environmental costs, explains Cailin Heinze.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2017

  • What impact does your pet's food have on the environment?

    What impact does your pet's food have on the environment? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: publicdomainpictures.net
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Mar 2017
    Producing food for our four-legged friends comes with a massive environmental costs, explains Cailin Heinze.
  • What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses? Creative commons image Icon thefoodplace.co.uk under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

    By Emily Falconer

    Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down...

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    27 Feb 2017

  • What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses?

    What impact are tighter immigration restrictions having on the UK's curry houses? Creative commons image Icon thefoodplace.co.uk under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Rules limiting inwards migration from outside the EU is having a harsh effect on independent restaurants up and down the country, explains Emily Falconer.
  • Some thoughts on Brexit Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Bankenverband

    Some thoughts on Brexit

    By Professor Norman Clark

    Norman Clark, Emeritus Professor at The Open University, shares his thoughts on Brexit.

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    23 Feb 2017

  • Some thoughts on Brexit

    Some thoughts on Brexit Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Bankenverband
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Feb 2017
    Norman Clark, Emeritus Professor at The Open University, shares his thoughts on Brexit.
  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal Creative commons image Icon John Allan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

    By Paul Anderson

    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jan 2017

  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

    Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal Creative commons image Icon John Allan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts negotiations to leave the EU.
  • Turkey dinners: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: skeeze

    Turkey dinners: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    We rather like turkeys, and so we're making them the centrepiece of this collection of interesting articles, rather...

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    20 Dec 2016

  • Turkey dinners: An OpenLearn reading list

    Turkey dinners: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: skeeze
    Updated 20 Dec 2016
    We rather like turkeys, and so we're making them the centrepiece of this collection of interesting articles, rather than the centerpiece of a dinner table.
  • The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions

    By Jonquil Lowe

    Academics from around the UK share their first thoughts following Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement

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    23 Nov 2016

  • The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions

    The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2016
    Academics from around the UK share their first thoughts following Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement
  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Chatham House under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the...

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    23 Nov 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Chatham House under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Updated 23 Nov 2016
    What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.
  • Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit

    By Eric Kaufmann

    Two shocks to the political system, but neither, says Eric Kaufmann, were driven by personal economic circumstances.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Nov 2016

  • Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit

    Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Nov 2016
    Two shocks to the political system, but neither, says Eric Kaufmann, were driven by personal economic circumstances.
  • Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade? Creative commons image Icon Ajithpithu under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade?

    By Nikita Sud

    Brexit will change the shape of the United Kingdom's trade with the world. Can we count on historic ties with India...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Nov 2016

  • Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade?

    Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade? Creative commons image Icon Ajithpithu under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2016
    Brexit will change the shape of the United Kingdom's trade with the world. Can we count on historic ties with India to build success in their markets?
  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits...

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    Updated on:

    03 Nov 2016

  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
    Updated 03 Nov 2016
    Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits of expanding Heathrow, using a ...
  • First, they came for the Marmite... but what next as the pound falls? Creative commons image Icon mhlosh under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

    First, they came for the Marmite... but what next as the pound falls?

    By Ioannis Glinavos

    This week's short, sharp Marmite War between Tesco and Unilever might be the first of many such battles.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Oct 2016

  • First, they came for the Marmite... but what next as the pound falls?

    First, they came for the Marmite... but what next as the pound falls? Creative commons image Icon mhlosh under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Oct 2016
    This week's short, sharp Marmite War between Tesco and Unilever might be the first of many such battles.
  • What is a transformation process? The one minute guide Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission - see article page for details

    What is a transformation process? The one minute guide

    When businesses or economists talk about "a transformation process", what does it mean?

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    18 Aug 2016

  • What is a transformation process? The one minute guide

    What is a transformation process? The one minute guide Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission - see article page for details
    Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Aug 2016
    When businesses or economists talk about "a transformation process", what does it mean?
  • OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016 Creative commons image Icon Kroon, Ron / Anefo; Nationaal Archief under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    A currency crisis creates a split in the Labour Party. Then more free learning across the day.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Aug 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016 Creative commons image Icon Kroon, Ron / Anefo; Nationaal Archief under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
    A currency crisis creates a split in the Labour Party. Then more free learning across the day.
  • What is economics? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    What is economics?

    By The OpenLearn team

    When you think of economics, what do you think of? The Chancellor, the economy? Well it’s about much more, covering...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Aug 2016

  • What is economics?

    What is economics? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
    When you think of economics, what do you think of? The Chancellor, the economy? Well it’s about much more, covering the personal, national and global aspects...
  • What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Icon Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

    By Dr Andrew Grainger

    When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2016

  • What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

    What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Icon Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity, warns...
  • Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Icon Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

    By Jeffrey Kucik

    Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Jul 2016

  • Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

    Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Icon Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
    Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in attacking...
  • Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Icon Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

    By Gavin Barrett

    Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as...

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    Updated on:

    24 Jun 2016

  • Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

    Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Icon Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Updated 24 Jun 2016
    Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the Leave vote....
  • The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Icon Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    The UK votes out: Instant reaction

    The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jun 2016

  • The UK votes out: Instant reaction

    The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Icon Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
    The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of academics...
  • OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016 Creative commons image Icon Kent Kanouse under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Businesses, experts and academics react to the Leave vote. Plus, an election where nobody turned out to vote....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jun 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016 Creative commons image Icon Kent Kanouse under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
    Businesses, experts and academics react to the Leave vote. Plus, an election where nobody turned out to vote. Free learning from across the day.
  • OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016 Creative commons image Icon Charlton Clemens under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The Swiss were offered a basic income for everyone. How did they react? Then more free learning across the day.

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    Updated on:

    10 Jun 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016 Creative commons image Icon Charlton Clemens under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2016
    The Swiss were offered a basic income for everyone. How did they react? Then more free learning across the day.
  • What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image Icon paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

    By Atif Kukaswadia

    The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia ...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 May 2016

  • What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

    What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image Icon paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
    The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.
  • Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image Icon bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Is norovirus an economic threat?

    By Dr Bruce Y Lee

    Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Apr 2016

  • Is norovirus an economic threat?

    Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image Icon bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
    Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?
  • Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Icon Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

    By Sofia Vasilopoulou

    Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2016

  • Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

    Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Icon Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
    Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou explains why.

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    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
  • Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

    Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the 'glass ceiling', ageism, racism, and so on. This free course, Economics explains...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
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    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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