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The founding Chancellor of the Open University, Lord Crowther, proclaimed that the OU would be open as to people, open as to places and open as to methods and ideas, and this holds true as much for our distinctive research as it does for our teaching methods.

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Complex Systems

Open University researcher Jeff Johnson talks of the importance of the Science of Complex Systems as a means to unravel real-world, complex...

Open Thinking

How ambient displays affect behaviour

A behind the scenes look at the design process of the Clouds research project at the Jennie Lee Building in Milton Keynes,...

Black British Jazz

What is Black British Jazz? The Open University’s Dr Jason Toynbee traces the history of jazz in Britain, looking at the key figures...

The Oldest Generation project

Using diary excerpts, this audio track documents the lives of older people, how and why certain family relationships endure or...

Building on History: the Church in London

Short documentary outlining a new Open University research project involving the Diocese of London and Kings College...