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    How do you know you are in a smart city?

    By Professor Gillian Rose

    Integrated urban technology is less apparent when it is functioning well says, Gillian Rose, Professor of Human...

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    23 Jul 2018

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    Integrated urban technology is less apparent when it is functioning well says, Gillian Rose, Professor of Human Geography at the University of...
  • Why is a second referendum not as simple as it sounds?

    By Kenneth Armstrong

    For some, the idea of passing Brexit back to the UK electorate to have a final verdict on any deal has its...

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    23 Jul 2018

  • Why is a second referendum not as simple as it sounds?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jul 2018
    For some, the idea of passing Brexit back to the UK electorate to have a final verdict on any deal has its attractions. But, warns Kenneth Armstrong, there's...
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    Ice Cold In Alex

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    Robert Llewellyn and Dr Jonathan Hare take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted....

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    23 Jul 2018

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    Robert Llewellyn and Dr Jonathan Hare take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted. Here they look at whether the science...
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    Charles Dickens and the dinosaurs

    By John C Murray

    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have...

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    19 Jul 2018

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    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have been shaped by the work of Richard Owen...
  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

    By Richard Bronk

    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which...

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    19 Jul 2018

  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2018
    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which standard economics, by failing to take...
  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    By Paola Conconi

    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure...

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    19 Jul 2018

  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2018
    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola...
  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory...

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    18 Jul 2018

  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2018
    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory explains why this might be.
  • A trip to Mercury

    By Professor David Rothery

    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European...

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    18 Jul 2018

  • A trip to Mercury

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2018
    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to...
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  • Seven projects that show we are in a golden age of engineering

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2018
    In The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer, we are given assess to London's Thames Tideway Tunnel, one of the country's high-profile engineering...
  • World Emoji Day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation...

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    17 Jul 2018

  • World Emoji Day

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 17 Jul 2018
    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic...

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    Exploring equality and equity in education

    This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

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    This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the...
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    Reading visual images

    What does a picture or an image tell you? This free course, Reading visual images, is an introduction to analysing and interpreting photographs as...

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    This free course, Equity – law and idea, gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills in and knowledge and understanding of legal principles....

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    This free course, Equity – law and idea, gives you the opportunity to broaden your...
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    The power of infographics in research dissemination

    Infographics are becoming an essential tool in data representation and research communication. In this free course, The power of infographics in...

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    Approaches to software development

    This free course, Approaches to software development, presents an engineering approach to the development of software systems – a software...

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    18 Jun 2018

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    Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 18 Jun 2018
    This free course, Approaches to software development, presents an engineering...
  • An introduction to electronics

    Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos, and easy-to-use electronic circuit design and simulation software,...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Jun 2018

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    Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos,...
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    Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness

    This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport...

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    11 Jun 2018

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    This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness,...
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    Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease

    This free course, Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease, will help you understand the basic principles of light microscopy, before introducing...

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    12 hours

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    07 Jun 2018

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    This free course, Histology, microscopy, anatomy and disease, will help you...
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    The science of nuclear energy

    This free course, The science of nuclear energy, will delve into the science behind nuclear power and explain what happens inside a nuclear reactor...

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    07 Jun 2018

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    This free course, The science of nuclear energy, will delve into the science...
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    Collisions and conservation laws

    This free course, Collisions and conservation laws, begins by explaining elastic and inelastic collisions and then goes on to show how collisions...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    06 Jun 2018

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    This free course, Collisions and conservation laws, begins by explaining elastic...

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    BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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    BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’?...

    Foundation Degree in Early Years

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    Foundation Degree in Early Years
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...

    Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills...

    BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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    BSc (Honours) Mathematics
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to...

    Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible...

    Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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    Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety...

    Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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    Foundation Degree in Working with Young People
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Sep 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...
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