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Understanding refugee experiences: Refugee Week article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding refugee experiences: Refugee Week

To celebrate refugee contributions to the UK and promote a better understanding of refugee experiences and creativity, here are a range of resources from The Open University.

Article
15 mins
Becoming a University of Sanctuary article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Becoming a University of Sanctuary

This year, The Open University has been recognised as a University of Sanctuary. Neil Graffin, Senior Lecturer in Law, Head of Department and Chair of the Sanctuary Advisory Network at The OU, explains what this means.

Article
5 mins
Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Digital & Computing

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships, is a free course that introduces you to the diagramming techniques of Influence diagrams, Multiple Cause Diagrams and Cognitive Maps. Using a case study project based in Africa, this unit illustrates the powerful use of systems diagramming for international development management. This...

Free course
4 hrs
Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Digital & Computing

Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities

Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities, is a free course that introduces you to the systems diagramming techniques of Rich pictures, Spray diagrams and Systems maps. Using a case study project based in Africa, the course illustrates the use of powerful use of systems diagramming for international development management. This is a ...

Free course
4 hrs
Universities, empires and refugees article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Universities, empires and refugees

Laura Guillaume looks at the important role universities have to play, both in changing the lives of refugees and in changing attitudes to them.

Article
5 mins
The vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers to modern slavery article icon

Society, Politics & Law

The vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers to modern slavery

Professor Natalia Szablewska explores the drivers that make people vulnerable to modern slavery, and why refugees and asylum seekers experience a heightened risk of exploitation.

Article
5 mins
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Crime fiction

Explore the world of crime fiction with The Open University, a world leader in distance learning. Discover free courses, articles, video and audio resources, and interactive activities, free to study and available to start right away.

Article
5 mins
Rwanda: an open and shut case? article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Rwanda: an open and shut case?

The UK Government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing has dominated the news in recent months. The main area of contention has centred on the question of whether Rwanda can be considered a safe country. This article considers how this question was decided by the UK’s Supreme Court and why that decision did not ultimately ...

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5 mins
Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music

This article will consider how the figure of the outlaw is presented in early twentieth-century American folk music. What is constant, and what changes? What lies behind these strands of imitation and innovation?

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5 mins
Diary of a new Life Peer article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Diary of a new Life Peer

In 2024, Carmen Smith became the youngest person ever to be appointed as a life peer in the House of Lords, as Baroness Smith of Llanfaes. Here, she recounts what being nominated and then taking up her seat was like. What did the process involve? Who did she meet along the way? And what does she hope to accomplish as a member of the House of Lords?

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5 mins
Dyddiadur Barwnes am Oes Newydd article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Dyddiadur Barwnes am Oes Newydd

Yn 2024, Carmen Smith oedd y person ieuengaf erioed i gael ei phenodi'n farwnes am oes yn Nhŷ'r Arglwyddi, fel y Farwnes Smith o Lanfaes. Yma, mae hi'n sôn am sut beth oedd cael ei henwebu a chymryd ei sedd wedyn. Sut broses oedd hi? Pwy wnaeth hi gyfarfod ar hyd y ffordd? A beth mae hi'n gobeithio ei gyflawni fel aelod o Dŷ'r Arglwyddi?

Article
5 mins
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Society, Politics & Law

Learning from the Global South

Voices from the Global South is a series of six short films made to stimulate thinking about and reflection on the difference that geography makes to understanding the climate crisis and its impact.

Video
45 mins