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    ANNUAL REPORT 2017/2018


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    Foreword from the Vice-Chancellor I am so proud to lead this innovative and responsive global university. Open to people, places, methods and ideas. Our Annual Report tells the story of our Inclusive: We play a unique role in year. Page by page, you will discover society, making higher education open stories of student commitment, resilience to all; and promoting social justice and success, supported by our talented through the development of knowledge and dedicated people. Together, they and skills. Take a closer look on page show that the OU is a strong, vibrant, 9 10totolearn learnmore moreabout abouthow, how,every every relevant and exciting place to study and year, the OU unlocks potential for over work as well as a valuable partner. 1,400 students in a secure learning environment environment. Throughout the last 50 years, the OU’s commitment to its social justice mission Innovative: We constantly seek new has never wavered. This remarkable and better ways to inspire and enable university has provided hope and learning - it’s in our DNA; creating world opportunity for over 2 million learners class research and teaching. Read more globally. As you read on, discover for on page 35 39 to discover how the OU’s yourself how we turn the OU’s mission teaching made an impact in Ethiopia Ethiopia. into practice by being: Responsive: responding to the needs of individuals and employers and the communities in which they live and work; supporting our students’ learning success. The OU and BBC’s historic partnership captivated millions of viewers with its flagship Blue Planet II and the NHS@70 programmes. Read more on pages 41 46 and 50 55. 2


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    We are determined to deliver our The far-reaching UK Government mission through great teaching and Review into post-18 education and world leading research. Much of funding in England, announced earlier this is made possible through our in 2018, marked a critical opportunity strong partnerships with four-nation for the OU to promote the unique governments, industry and not for profit requirements of part-time, mature sectors. We value and respect these students. I very much hope the final important relationships. report will recognise the need for part- time study to support the economy and social mobility, when published early next year. The OU story, first written 50 years ago, is a phenomenally successful one. Transforming millions of lives along the way, it has the power to transform millions more. Will you join us? 3


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    Highlights of the year Discover through our annual report how we are changing the lives of our students and having an impact on employers and societies across the globe. Most importantly, you will see how we are breaking down the barriers to higher education and opening up education to all. Student sucess Research excellence 6–14 15–25 Our amazing students continue to make Unearthing new knowledge for the us proud and inspire us. Read the benefit of all is at the heart of what OU stories from some of our 8,000 students academics strive to do. Our research who graduated in the last academic underpins our teaching, our partnership year; find out how one young woman with the BBC and our free learning overcame bullying to successfully resources which reach millions every study with the OU. Discover how we year. Find out how OU research is are unlocking the potential of students helping over 20 police forces in the UK studying in secure environments, and to improve policing; how an OU Child how a new OU fund is helping disabled Witness Interview simulator is helping veterans access OU courses. And read new and early career police officers; about the work of the OU Students how OU research on Mars is identifying Association to make sure student voice whether life ever could have existed is heard loud and clear at the OU. there; our work training dogs to sniff out cancer; and important cultural research We work hard to increase the on protecting heritage in times of war satisfaction of our students and we and new digital tools to track people’s were delighted to see a one percentage reading from the 18th century to the point increase in student satisfaction present day. this year, as measured by the National Students Survey, taking us to 87% Teaching innovation overall satisfaction and joint 20th out of 26–37 139 participating universities. We fared even better in the Nations, with the OU We are the UK’s only university in Northern Ireland ranking in first place, dedicated to distance learning and second in Scotland and joint third our approach means you can study in Wales. alongside work, caring, or other commitments. Read about how Justice 4


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    in Action is giving our law students Open up learning practical experience and find out how pages 45–57 we are helping primary teachers teach languages in the classroom. Discover The OU reaches millions of people how we are helping to close the UK’s across the world through our open digital skills gap as a partner in the access educational resources and new Institute of Coding and hear from our partnership with the BBC. These employers about the impact of OU are core to our social mission and apprenticeships. Read about the reality commitment to widening access to of being an OU nursing student and see education. Read about our highly how a unique music course is bringing regarded commissioned television and students together in harmony. radio programmes, going behind the scenes of Blue Planet II and seeing how Global impact OU academics shaped The NHS at 70 pages 38–44 and The Truth About Obesity. Discover the wide range of new OU courses The OU has been committed to on OpenLearn and FutureLearn, from international development for over helping young people with their personal 20 years. We are globally recognised finances to new law courses in Scotland for our teaching and pioneering and online resources for citizens of research within the sector, and for Northern Ireland and the Republic driving innovation. Our current projects of Ireland. empower teachers, healthcare workers and higher education experts, reaching Thank you to our donors over two million people around the world. pages 58–61 Find out about our innovative learning resources for frontline health and water, This year we have received more sanitation and hygiene (WASH) workers; than £5 million in donations, including celebrate the work of one of our leading legacy gifts. Read about the projects academics in developing the Teacher our generous donors are supporting, Education in Sub-Saharan Africa from our Open Networking Lab to (TESSA) programme; and see how scholarships for students in secure our African teacher-training continues environments. through the Zambian Education School- based Training (ZEST) project. 5


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    STUDENT SUCCESS


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    Degree ceremonies: emotional, inspiring, amazing Our degree ceremonies are always the highlight of the university year because they let us wholeheartedly celebrate the success of our students. This year we celebrated with more than 8,000 graduates at 29 ceremonies in 14 locations. Those 8,000 were joined by over 26,000 guests – supportive family and friends who cheered, clapped, whistled and whooped during each event. And we conferred 34 honorary degrees. 7


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    More than a qualification On her graduation day, Jo (pictured) posted a fantastic message on Instagram for those who are still working towards their goals. “I studied purely because I wanted to “So today, as I stepped on that stage, prove to myself that I could possibly I thought of those dear to me no longer gain a degree. But the discipline that the here and those who have supported me course instilled in me and the confidence throughout and realised that my degree I gained from completing it have shown is so much more than just a qualification that the possibilities are endless from on a piece of paper. both a work and academic point of view.” “It gave me a focus when times were tough. It gave me confidence to believe It gave me a focus when in myself. And it made me realise that times were tough. It gave whatever obstacle life throws at me, I am me confidence to stronger for it. So follow your dreams, believe in myself. And keep fighting and don’t doubt yourself as it made me realise that one day it’ll all be worth it.” whatever obstacle life throws at me, I am stronger Matthew, a steelworker and now proud for it. So follow your owner of a BA (Honours) in English dreams, keep fighting Language and Literature, said: “When I and don’t doubt yourself as left college and went in to full time work I felt that I had wasted my chance at one day it’ll all be worth it. academic study as I hadn’t taken my A Levels seriously and therefore couldn’t Find out more attend a university with my peers. When Read more inspiring stories from I found out about the OU I enrolled. our students 8


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    Welsh OU student wins Womenspire ‘Rising Star’ award studying with the OU without A Level qualifications. Charlotte has used her challenging personal experiences to benefit others – and is tackling social issues affecting children by becoming an active anti-bullying and mental health campaigner. “I am very proud of what I have already achieved, but to be recognised with such a prestigious award is amazing. It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I won!” said Charlotte. “There were so many hard-working, talented and inspirational women attending the ceremony. I am hoping to use the award to inspire and encourage more young people to pursue their dreams. You’re never too young to change the world!” In June, OU in Wales student “We are all so proud of Charlotte and Charlotte Bailey (pictured) from what she has achieved with this award Treorchy in South Wales won the and her outstanding work so far,” said Rising Star award at this year’s Louise Casella, Director of the OU in Womenspire awards, hosted by Wales. “We are so pleased that we were gender equality charity Chwarae Teg. able to offer Charlotte the chance to get a university education - she is a fantastic The Rising Star award recognises young ambassador for us and for young women who have begun working in the women in Wales.” last five years, achieving success and Find out more demonstrating real potential in Watch Charlotte’s story in the process. this video featuring her and the other shortlisted nominees Charlotte achieved 12 A stars in her Explore the OU in Wales GCSEs but had to leave the sixth form because she was bullied, and began 9


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    Unlocking potential - supporting students in secure environments The OU taught 1,400 students in secure environments in 2017/18 The best thing about working on more than 130 courses. on this team is working This includes people in prisons, with students to support secure hospitals, or released on their rehabilitation process licence. Others had served their and helping them to have sentence but had been released on conditions that would prevent a positive experience of them from conventional study. education and realise they can do it. All of these students were supported by our Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) teams who have a tough, yet But the team is not without its highly rewarding job. challenges. All secure environments view and value distance learning Our SiSE teams in England, Ireland, differently. They have extremely varied Wales and Scotland, along with the IT infrastructures and some students’ Registrations team, offer a dedicated digital skills can be very poor, depending service. They carry out taster sessions on how long they’ve been in their secure at roadshows within the secure environment. environments, help students with funding applications, send out study materials, “The students’ circumstances are all work closely with relevant parties to very different and even after years of make study possible and hold secure experience between us, we still get graduation ceremonies. new and unusual queries that haven’t cropped up before,” explains Suzie “The students we work with are truly at Wylie, SiSE Scotland. “It requires a lot the heart of the OU mission,” says Akila of ad-hoc problem solving, which keeps Kassam, SiSE England. us on our toes. It’s often the most unusual suggestion that ends up being The students always come first; a the solution.” sentiment that runs strongly across the SiSE teams. “The best thing about Find out more working on this team is working with Read more about our work in secure students to support their rehabilitation environments process and helping them to have a positive experience of education and realise they can do it” said Amy Winter, SiSE Wales. 10


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    Making strides for all OU students The OU Students Association is a club, everyone can get involved. Our the community and voice of OU aim is to provide students with plenty of students. It’s run by students, opportunities to build links with others for students. who are in the same boat – juggling study alongside busy lives. These Ensuring the student voice is heard connections are vital to support students to achieve their goals. The OU Students Association is the recognised representative body for OU Supporting OU students students. We are committed to working with the University to ensure that Our student Peer Supporters are trained students are seen as partners in shaping to help OU students achieve a better their studies. Although OU students learn study experience. These volunteers offer at a distance, we work to ensure they all confidential, non-judgemental support to have the opportunity to be involved in enable OU students to be the best they giving their views on the curriculum or can be while studying with us. institutional change and development. Now in its second decade, this important The Association could not function service has been revamped, so it’s without its dedicated leadership better than ever and ready to continue team of over twenty elected student supporting OU students through the representatives, who provide direction unique challenges they face. for our organisation including our President and Deputy President. Crucially the student voice is also heard throughout the University through our dedicated team of volunteers, including individuals who represent student views in decision making committees at every level. Getting students together The Association is at the heart of the OU student community – a vibrant and active place where everyone is welcome. From heading to a local meet-up in a coffee shop, to becoming a committee member for a student society, or joining 11


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    A conference like no other 2018 saw the OU Students Association Find out more host its biennial members’ conference. Visit the OU Students Association Hundreds of OU students visited campus How OU students’ voices are heard over a roasting June weekend to vote on OU Students Association Conference crucial decisions about the future of the 2018 Association. Those attending had the chance to make friends and learn more about what the organisation could do for them. Highlights included inspiring speakers, our societies showcase, workshops, a treasure hunt and a community choir. We’re already looking forward to doing it all over again in 2020! The Association is at the heart of the OU student community – a vibrant and active place where everyone is welcome. 12


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    New disabled veterans’ study fund launched In April, the OU launched a new fund for military veterans who have been disabled during, or as a result of, military service.. or postgraduate qualification. There are 100 undergraduate scholarships (or The OU’s Disabled Veterans’ equivalent) worth up to £18,000 each Scholarships Fund enables disabled available over the next two years. veterans to study for free with us and receive wraparound specialist disability Helping people reach their support and careers advice. It is the first full potential of its kind in the UK. The OU is renowned for its support Up to one in five veterans are of students with disabilities, and has discharged due to disabilities. Once they over 24,000 students with declared leave military life, the skills they have disabilities. So far the OU has awarded gained along the way can make a huge 55 scholarships to veterans who started contribution to society, both socially and their studies in October 2018. economically. And higher education can help them carve a new career path, and One recipient said: “I really do help them develop new skills, knowledge appreciate this opportunity given to me and experience. by the OU. To have the ability to study is really intrinsic to my recovery. This The Fund can support courses of all gives me a focus and purpose each day levels, from an introductory access with the incentive to progress towards module, up to a complete undergraduate employment I enjoy.” 13


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    “This is a tremendous opportunity for the OU to give something back to those who have made deep personal sacrifices,” says Mary Kellett, Vice-Chancellor. “I hope that through this scheme we can play a part in helping former members of the armed services reach their full potential through the power of education.” We are grateful for the generous philanthropic support for the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund. The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund is kindly supported by: BAE Systems; funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds; ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity); The William Allen Young Cardiff-born John was bullied at school Charitable Trust; Constance Travis because he couldn’t read, but with the Charitable Trust; The Simon Gibson help of the Army and the OU, graduated Charitable Trust; The Veterans’ with an OU degree in Health Sciences Foundation. at the age of 46 and now runs his own company training doctors all over the Alumni and OU supporters of the Fund: world. John describes graduating as the John Duncan; Gordon Dickinson; David best moment of his life. Godson; Colin Hume; Dr Michael James. “I now realise the power of education Changing lives and how one person noticing your strengths can change your life,” said The Open University has 2,000 active John, as he received his award. or former service personnel studying Find out more courses. One of our successful Read more about veterans who studied graduates is army veteran and Welsh with the OU OU graduate John Spence, (pictured Read more about John’s story above), who this year received the Find out about the Disabled Veterans Life Change and Overall Winner of Fund and how to apply the Year awards at this year’s Inspire! Adult Learning Awards, which celebrate lifelong learning. 14


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    RESEARCH EXCELLENCE


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    Working with police forces to address future policing challenges The Centre for Policing Research Ensuring police forces are equipped and Learning (CPRL), led by the to train and develop their officers OU Business School and working with over 50 academics across all One of the Centre’s projects is funded faculties and institutes of the OU, by the Home Office. Over two years, the carries out innovative education OU’s Dr Denise Martin, together with the and research. It works closely with London Mayor’s Office for Policing and 20 police forces and agencies, Crime (MOPAC), will carry out research which ensure the Centre’s work with all 43 police forces in England will make a difference on the front and Wales to study ways to transform line, by informing ways to improve and enhance their training, learning operational and organisational and development functions. It follows a aspects of policing. baseline report that investigated learning and development across policing, to The Centre’s broad range of research establish how ready police forces are to addresses key priorities for the deliver training needed for new policing police. Themes include detecting and challenges. investigating crime, technology and knowledge management, leadership, Providing the tools for officers to management and organisation, and become suitably qualified vulnerability and wellbeing. Another project, led by Dr Matthew “The Centre has grown in confidence Jones, is developing a suite of new and ambition over the last couple of policing programmes that respond to years and has attracted a talented range the Police Education Qualifications of academics from across the OU,” Framework - including the Police said Professor Jean Hartley, Academic Constable Degree Apprenticeship Director of the Centre. “We are forging (PCDA) and the Degree Holder Entry new ways of working with our 20 police Programme (DHEP). Both programmes partners, and new ways of producing draw on the OU’s experience of high quality academic work relevant to delivering blended programmes that policy makers and practitioners.” combine academic and professional learning. 16


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    These programmes are part of a wider suite of informal learning opportunities and formal qualifications available The Centre has grown in through the Centre, enabling continuing confidence and ambition professional development for police over the last couple of officers and staff. years and has attracted a Find out more talented range of academics Read more about the Centre for Policing from across the OU. Research and Learning’s work 17


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    OU’s research offers new-generation online police training The OU’s award-winning Child skills for better results. These were Witness Interview Simulator, developed alongside police trainers and a game-based online learning practitioners. For example, one scenario programme, is helping features a nine-year-old boy who has to train the next generation of witnessed an assault and the officer police officers. comes to his home to talk to him. Developed by the OU’s Centre for “In the game, there are hints and Policing Research and Learning in clues built in to help the officer build collaboration with Highskillz Ltd, the a relationship and gain emotional simulator complements existing training understanding with the child witness, that new police recruits and early career such as how to engage with someone front-line police officers receive for who doesn’t seem to want to at first, or interviewing witnesses who are children. is constantly looking at their phone,” The simulator is designed to enhance explains lead OU researcher Dr Anne the trainees’ communication skills and Adams. “The simulator also gives help them develop good rapport feedback to the trainee and helps ensure with children. they are collecting the right evidence.” The simulator cleverly recreates “The simulator aims to reduce the time scenarios that officers might encounter it takes for new recruits to become in their working life and uses a gaming competent in interviewing children technique to test and underline key and help them better understand how 18


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    it can take place in the real world,” she explains. “On a practical level, it enriches traditional classroom teaching and enables police forces to provide large-scale training without the need for face-to-face teaching.” Preparing for front-line policing The award was presented by patron of WISE, Her Royal Highness, the Princess “We spent a lot of time with police forces Royal, at a gala dinner in London. throughout the country to make sure the game is authentic,” she continues. The judges said Dr Adams has seen a “We want the game to help trainees gap in training and supporting, and has understand the key points they will used accessible technology, simulations, need to put into practice. And we have and creative videos to address issues evaluated the game with police so within the police force and schools. that we can build confidence with new recruits, who are interviewing children The research project was funded by the for the first time.” College of Policing and HEFCE (Centre for Policing Research and Learning), The simulator is already making a European Commission, The Leverhulme difference to trainee police officers, who Trust, ESRC, and EPSRC. report they feel a little more prepared for going out and speaking to children and “I’m proud to be recognised for our building rapport with them. innovations we have produced with many other people, which develop the Worthy winners of prestigious OU and other organisations such as the equality award NHS and the police,” said Dr Adams. This project has also led to Dr Find out more Adams and her all-female team being Read more about the Centre for Policing recognised for their outstanding Research and Learning’s work in contribution to gender balance – in collaboration with Highskillz Ltd November 2017, they won the WISE Read more about the Child Witness Tech Innovation Award category in the Interview Simulator WISE Awards 2017. 19


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    We know there’s water on Mars - but what else? In July 2018, OU scientists discovered a series of large fan-shaped collectively received over half sediment deposits on the surface of a million pounds of funding Mars. This suggests Mars once had from The UK Space Agency’s large seas on its surface and a water (UKSA) Aurora programme to cycle similar to Earth and indicates when find out about the environmental the planet’s climate changed from being conditions on Mars and whether hospitable to the cold desert it is today. life could have existed within them. Detecting living organisms through gases Using the latest data from current Mars missions, our researchers are Led by OU scientist Dr Karen Olsson- now exploring the chemistry of the Francis, a team of OU and University of martian environment to determine if Essex researchers are using laboratory- these environments would have been based simulation experiments to conducive to life, and if so, provide the investigate the potential habitability of tools to help us find it. Mars and the molecules that could be used as evidence of life. And it was a busy summer for Mars researchers at the OU - shortly after this “We are working to identify gases, funding was awarded, OU scientist Dr including methane and ethane, in the Peter Fawdon and his team, together atmosphere, that would signal that life with a number of other scientists, once existed on the planet,” explains 20


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    Dr Olsson-Francis. “We are particularly has already found variable amounts of interested in methane, because we methane in the atmosphere, and that know levels in the atmosphere change Gale Crater, the site where Curiosity seasonally, and this might be dictated landed, was once filled by a lake which by life.” dried out about 3.2 billion years ago. Dr Olsson-Francis is working with “This latest UKSA grant will enable us to OU scientist Dr Manish Patel, who understand the geochemical conditions developed the NOMAD (Nadir and on Mars, including an area called Vera Occultation for MArs Discovery) Rubin Ridge, where Curiosity currently instrument - one of the instruments on is,” says Dr Schwenzer. “We are looking board the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter for evidence of chemical reactions called (TGO) currently orbiting Mars. redox reactions. They are a source for energy for microbial life, so it will tell us if “The findings from this project will inform life could have existed there.” the data that NOMAD is collecting from the planet itself and crucially, will ensure “Curiosity is driving through terrain on it is interpreted correctly,” she explains. Mars that has never been investigated before,” she explains. “Taking direct “By comparing ours and NOMAD’s data measurements on the ground and we hope to determine whether methane analysing them gives us firm evidence from Mars comes from life forms or not. if that site was habitable - and if so, And this funding will ensure the process what type of microorganisms could have happens much quicker – we’ll be able to resided there.” compare our results to NOMAD data as soon as it’s collected.” And this grant is helping to shape future space research, at a critical time. “Our Understanding conditions on the findings will help to pave the way for ‘Red Planet’ the ESA ExoMars 2020 mission, by predicting what we should look out for,” The funding is also enabling the OU’s Dr Schwenzer explains. “This grant Dr Susanne Schwenzer, alongside a means our team can continue working large UK team, to study environmental on these missions and to be part of the conditions on Mars. She’ll do this by most exciting time of Mars exploration.” analysing data being collected on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission Find out more – by the Curiosity rover which landed on Read more about our research in space Mars in 2012 - to find out where energy science. Get involved in our citizen and essential elements are, and how science project to identify what over 30 ‘liveable’ Mars is. million unique objects in space are Curiosity is equipped with a series of instruments to investigate the planet. It 21


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    Making the most of dogs’ amazing abilities to sniff out cancer In June this year, OU researcher “Also, sitting down in front of samples Dr Clara Mancini accompanied goes against the dog’s natural a group of incredible dogs to behaviour.” meet Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate To get around this problem, Dr Mancini the tenth anniversary of the and her team is now working with the charity Medical Detection Dogs. charity to develop a canine-computer interface, and they hope it could These amazing dogs have been trained revolutionise cancer detection. This to use their powerful sense of smell to clever technology uses sensors to ‘sniff out’ cancer and other diseases capture the sniffing behaviour of the from body fluids, such as urine, sweat or dogs as they investigate the samples. breath. When they recognise the odour This means they communicate with in the positive samples, they signal back their trainers in more natural and to their trainers by sitting down in front spontaneous ways, and there’s less of them. confusion between them. Harnessing their amazing smell could “We discovered interaction patterns lead to a non-invasive way to screen that match the samples’ content,” for cancer in people and potentially Dr Mancini explains. “We also found diagnose it earlier, particularly for that the stronger the dog presses its cancers which are difficult to diagnose. nose against the sample, the surer the dog is that there are cancer cells in it.” Helping the dogs to help us So as well as making cancer Dr Mancini has been working with the detection techniques more reliable, charity since 2013. She discovered the researchers hope their approach that waiting for dogs to sit down in front captures the smallest details, beyond a of positive samples undermines the simple ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. They are potential of what the dogs could do. now developing this technology so it Sometimes it’s not clear what the dog recognises these patterns automatically, means, so it can be confusing. and can ultimately reward the dogs when they are correct. “Although this method means the dogs can tell us which samples are positive, they can’t tell us more subtle differences, such as what disease stage the sample is from,” she explains. 22


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    The potential to screen and And central to this amazing concept is diagnose several diseases earlier the animal itself. By putting the dog at the heart of the design process, these The team are now working out if this technologies are harnessing their natural method of screening could be automated behaviours and choices to make a – with the charity, they are running a trial difference to our health. to develop algorithms that automatically interpret the data. Find out more Watch these incredible dogs in action “We hope our work will pave the way for ‘artificial noses’,” explains Dr Mancini. “Ultimately, we want these to be used widely to test for different diseases, and potentially spot them earlier.” Ultimately, we want these to be used widely to test for different diseases, and potentially spot them earlier. 23


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    Research to uncover what people read from the 18th century to now An OU English lecturer is part of readers’ responses and make these a €1 million research project to available for free to the 21st century develop digital tools to find out reading public. what people read from the 18th century to the present day. “The new READ-IT project will build upon the success of the OU’s acclaimed Dr Shafquat Towheed (pictured below), ‘The Reading Experience Database, from the OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social 1450-1945’ (RED), which has been Sciences, is the UK lead for the Reading the recipient of three rounds of Arts Europe Advanced Data Investigation and Humanities Research Council Tool (READ-IT) project, which has funding, and contains over 34,000 received funding from the European records of British readers over five Union’s Horizon 2020 Joint Programme centuries,” said Dr Towheed. “The new Initiative for Cultural Heritage. development work on READ-IT will allow us to produce brand new digital tools to READ-IT brings together humanities, examine and explain the reading history social sciences and information of people across the whole of Europe – technology researchers from the Czech and thereby return a hidden history of Republic, France, the Netherlands and reading back to the European public.” the UK, to uncover the rich wealth of information about readers and reading Find out more across Europe from 18th century until Explore READ-IT today. The project team will produce Read more about Dr Towheed’s new digital tools to recover, analyse, research into books and RED and showcase the amazing wealth of 24


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    Developing principles to guide protection of cultural property in times of war All British military personnel ● What can be done to protect this are bound by the 1954 Hague cultural property and at what cost Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of ● What the appropriate response is to Armed Conflict, which entered damaged sites of cultural property. British law in December 2017. Failing to protect cultural property “This is a tricky philosophical issue, or damaging it unless there is a as people are reluctant to push saving military necessity to do so, will be buildings as opposed to people,” said a war crime. Professor Matravers. “A recent example of this dilemma was whether to put a But how do we protect culture and sniper in a mosque tower which would heritage in war zones, while making deliver a military advantage, but also human life a priority? make the mosque a target and thus liable to be destroyed.” This dilemma is now being addressed by OU research. OU Professor of The project will result in a ‘Framework Philosophy Derek Matravers has been Document’ that outlines the principles awarded over £400,000 from the Arts behind Cultural Property Protection and Humanities Research Council to (CPP) and ‘Codes of Conduct’ for the study the ethics of protecting symbols of military; and a course for members of culture and identity in war zones. the military, NGOs, and other interested parties to use. He will work with philosophy of war specialist Professor Helen Frowe who is Find out more the Director of the Stockholm Centre for Watch Professor Matravers’ the Ethics of War and Peace. Together, inaugural lecture they’ll formulate the principles and guide the practice of cultural protection. During the three-year Heritage in War Project, Professors Matravers and Frowe want to find out: ● When it is acceptable to intentionally damage sites of cultural property in war 25


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    TEACHING INNOVATION


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    Justice in Action The Law School’s new Open Justice Centre provides free legal advice and guidance to people and groups who may struggle to access appropriate legal support through other means.. A good example is through its optional module W360: Justice in Action which explores social justice, professional identity and legal values and ethics. To develop their key legal, employability and personal skills, students work in small groups on a practical pro bono activity. They can provide advice in an online law clinic, run face-to-face legal information sessions in a school or prison, or carry out other online activities to promote legal awareness and social justice. Students on the module’s first presentation have been involved in the new Centre’s Law Clinic, five prison projects, 15 school presentations, externships in civil courts and Citizens Advice, as well as in the inaugural Open Justice Week – an e-festival of public legal education. Find out more Explore our Open Justice Centre 27


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    New scheme to help teachers teach languages in the classroom In June, an innovative distance Teachers in every part of learning scheme that teaches primary teachers languages and Scotland – whether urban gives them the skills to teach or rural – will be able to them to their pupils was launched learn together and share across Scotland. their experiences and ideas, helping each other to In the programme, the first of its kind in bring the language they’re the UK, primary teachers study French, Spanish, German or Mandarin and learning to life in learn how to teach the language in the the classroom. classroom at the same time. The programme is a partnership The programme will also link up with between the OU and SCILT, Scotland’s the cultural organisations of France, National Centre for Languages based at Spain, Germany and China to facilitate the University of Strathclyde. Following immersive summer schools for a successful pilot featuring 54 teachers participating teachers. Schools will from 49 schools across nine local also have the opportunity to make authorities, the programme is now connections with schools in the countries available to primary school teachers whose language pupils are learning. in all local authorities. It is designed to support the Scottish Government’s ‘1+2’ language policy, which aims to enable all pupils to learn two additional languages from primary level onwards. Pupils at Tomintoul Primary School in Moray, using their new skills in German 28


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    “The key thing about this programme is “We are delighted to be able to take its flexibility,” said Dr Sylvia Warnecke, part, as it provides a quality learning lecturer in languages and programme experience for teachers who would lead at the OU. “Teachers in every part otherwise find it difficult to access of Scotland – whether urban or rural – language training,” says Gwen will be able to learn together and share McCrossan, Principal Teacher for 1+2 their experiences and ideas, helping Languages, Argyll & Bute. “The course is each other to bring the language they’re also unique because it is tailor-made for learning to life in the classroom.” primary schools.” “Teachers from the pilot project tell Such was the interest in the programme us their pupils love it and are really that teachers from Wales and Northern engaged,” she continues. “They have Ireland joined the presentation which started after school language clubs started in October 2018. and made links with schools in other countries. It’s exciting that all teachers, Find out more: schools and pupils in every part of Explore the OU in Scotland Scotland now have the chance to learn Try out a new language together through this programme.” “This as an important collaboration between our two universities, local authorities and teachers,” said Fhiona Mackay, Director of SCILT. “The course is focused on boosting teachers’ confidence so they can create exciting and motivating lessons for their pupils. In this way we can make sure that languages feature as an integral part of the Scottish curriculum and that youngsters are given their full entitlement to language learning.” 29


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    Institute of Coding launches at House of Lords In June, OU academics joined £20 million of matched funding from guests at the House of Lords to partners, this consortium will ensure launch the Institute of Coding employers and learners of all ages (IoC) – a unique consortium across the UK can access the skills which brings together industry training they need. and academia to develop the next generation of digital talent and Giving many people an opportunity close the UK’s digital skills gap. The Open University’s project lead The OU is one of the key partners within for the Institute of Coding, Professor the network of 25 academic institutions John Domingue said “We are looking and 60 businesses that will work forward to working on how industry and together to do this, through degrees, academia can come together to address degree apprenticeships, short courses, the digital skills gap for the benefit of the continuing professional development, UK economy, and for individual learners innovative learning facilities and other striving to fulfil their true potential.” outreach activities. We are leading on graduate employability and the teaching Find out more of computer science, data science Learn more about the OU’s research and and cyber security in universities. Our teaching in Cyber Security experience in delivering innovation and Take a look at the Knowledge Media driving social mobility will encourage Institute’s website people of all backgrounds to study IT OpenLearn has free resources, articles and computing. and interactives on computing Read about one of our inspiring students Backed by £20 million from the Higher who got his dream job in IT thanks to Education Funding Council for England the OU (now UK Research and Innovation) and 30


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    Unique music course brings students together in harmony Students from 22 to 72 came concert at the end of the residential together for a week of music week and found it a powerful student making as part of a unique experience to witness. course offered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the OU. “After the concert was over I chatted with many of the students and what came OU students on the course were set across again and again was their sheer to complete their Arts and Humanities love for the OU, its teaching materials, degree by attending the residential finish the tutors, and its various support of the module. The course – Certificate: systems,” he said. “Many of them told The Practice of Music Making – is the me how it had changed their lives and only one of its kind in the UK, delivered was the only opportunity they could have online with a week-long residential to undertake higher education study.” where people from all backgrounds from across the country come together to Students came from all walks of life work in groups for the week. including professional musicians, an Army bandsman, a Church chorister; A celebratory concert and between them performed classical, pop, blues and choral music. Professor Ian Fribbance, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences went along to the celebratory 31


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    Aiming for a career change IT developer Matt Wilkey, 45, is studying I’ve enjoyed the flexibility for a BA in Humanities with Music, but aims to convert this to a BA Music of distance learning and so degree when the course comes online far have managed to avoid later this year. He wants to retrain to too much disruption to my be a secondary school music teacher, family life. and says that the distance learning experience isn’t impacting on family life. “I’ve enjoyed the flexibility of distance Find out more learning and so far have managed to Study music with the OU avoid too much disruption to my family Free resources and materials on life,” Matt explains. “I’ve had to develop OpenLearn time-management, discipline and self-reliance. I’m very grateful to have developed these and I would say that this course has developed these kind of characteristics just as much as my musicality.” 32


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    Apprenticeships – a perfect fit for the OU The OU has a strong heritage The impact of OU apprenticeships in work-based learning. Employability of our students Lincolnshire Community Health Services is a key pillar of our strategy so NHS Trust has been working with the working directly with employers to OU for two years to provide work-based deliver apprentice programmes to learning to their employees and is a meet their workplace needs is an centre of excellence in Lincolnshire for ideal fit. apprenticeships. See why Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Our goal is to be the UK’s leading chose to work with us and hear from provider of higher and degree Lee Gifford, Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeships where we have the Apprentice in this video: ability to do so; and 2017/18 saw us take a significant step forward.  During the year we introduced seven higher and degree apprenticeships in Travis Perkins is the UK’s largest England, along with three graduate builder’s merchants and chose the apprenticeships in Scotland. OU for developing and upskilling their workforce through higher and degree apprenticeships. Chris Walker, 33


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    Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice “These new Graduate Apprenticeships explains how he is developing his skillset take our expertise in computing and and work productivity through information technology and our long the apprenticeship: experience of supporting students in  work and combine them to produce something which works for employers and employees alike, developing skills New software and cyber security and improving productivity.” Graduate Apprenticeships Find out more Read more about our work on The OU will offer Graduate apprenticeships Apprenticeships (GAs) in Software See how we work with organisations Development and Cyber Security, starting in Autumn 2018. Known for its flexible approach and expertise in work-based learning, the OU’s GAs are designed to meet the needs of both employers and employees. The OU’s new GAs – which are funded by Skills Development Scotland and are available to existing and new employees of all ages – mean that apprentices can learn at work, increasing efficiency and reducing time away from the workplace. Both Cyber Security and Software Development will be offered at undergraduate level, with Cyber Security also available at postgraduate level. “Helping people to get on in work is what we do at the OU”, said Susan Stewart, Director of the OU in Scotland. “We understand what it takes to study and work at the same time and we offer the support learners need to succeed.” 34


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    A year to celebrate the OU’s nursing successes 2018 has been a busy year for OU nursing. It’s seen staff and students win awards, and was the inspiration behind the OU’s most successful social media campaign to date - #nursing360. OU’s history of nursing expert joins the RCN’s roll of honour In May, the OU’s Dr Claire Chatterton (pictured below) received a Royal Triple awards success in College of Nursing (RCN) Award of Merit Northern Ireland for her sterling services to nursing. She was commended for her exceptional In June, the OU celebrated triple contribution to the RCN and the success at this year’s Royal College of international recognition she has for her Nursing Northern Ireland Nurse of the nursing history expertise. As a result, Year awards, with OU students Craig Claire now joins the RCN Award of Merit Chambers and Philip Martin (pictured Roll of Honour, alongside the great and above) jointly scooping the Health Care the good of the nursing world. Support Worker award. These awards highlight excellence within nursing in Northern Ireland and celebrate the contributions that nurses and health care assistants make to the health and well-being of the people in the region. Health Care Assistant Craig is currently studying nursing with the OU. “I felt very honoured to be nominated for the award, he said. “To be chosen by the Royal College of Nursing to represent the work we health care assistants do in Northern Ireland has been the highlight of my career.” 35


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    The same day Health Care Assistant #nursing360 – our social media Philip received the award, he also learnt awareness campaign he had gained a place on the OU’s pre- registration nursing programme. “Philip In May, we launched our #nursing360 is the essence of a caring professional campaign to raise awareness of areas and a role model for other health care within nursing. Over a two week period, assistants,” said Cait McGoldrick from our award-winning social media team the Southern Trust, who nominated shared a variety of content about Philip for the award. “His commitment to nursing across our Facebook, Twitter his own development, his awareness of and Instagram channels, including myth patient care and his ability to advocate busters, student stories, animations, on behalf of patients is exceptional.” free courses and ethical dilemmas. And the campaign included one of our The same night, OU honorary graduate most-shared social media posts - five Professor Martin Bradley, former things you shouldn’t say to someone Chief Nursing Officer, received the with depression – which we posted Outstanding Achievement Award. again on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. To make sure we “It’s great to see three amazing were balanced, we followed that post ambassadors for nursing acknowledged with another, containing five things you for their impact on patient care,” said OU should say! graduate David Ferran, previous winner of RCN Student Nurse of the Year and Chair of NI Men in Nursing. “It highlights the impact men can have on nursing, patients and their families and will hopefully encourage more men to join the profession.” 36


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    Teaching the world about the realities of nursing The campaign also enabled us to shed light on OU nursing and different areas of health. The OU’s Sheila Counihan told us about learning disability and what’s special about learning disability nursing. Telling the OU’s nursing story We debunked several myths about through personal stories dementia, and unveiled the reality of being an OU nursing student. An important part of the campaign was telling real life stories, including OU In May, we reported results of the OU’s nursing students and graduates, and commissioned research, which revealed lecturers. the cost of the nursing shortage to the NHS. The report called for alternative OU Lecturer and registered adult nurse ways to train to be a nurse, including Dr Gemma Ryan told us how she juggles flexible study and apprenticeships. her two roles and about the benefits it Find out more brings to her students. Read Gemma’s story as a teacher and nurse Second year student Rebecca Reffold Learn how Rebecca is juggling study (pictured above) told us how she is with motherhood studying with the OU, training to be a Explore how the OU is helping Demelza nurse and being a busy mum at the climb the ranks same time. Rebecca believes the OU Learn why learning disability nursing has opened doors that are changing her is different whole life. Demelza Dachtler told us how OU study has made her so much better at her day-to-day job and helped her climb the military ranks to Sergeant – and is now doing postgraduate study. 37


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    GLOBAL IMPACT


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    Thirst for knowledge In the global south, improving access to clean drinking water should go hand in hand with better sanitation and good hygiene. But unfortunately, the reality is that across the world 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene – known collectively as WASH – has profound health and wider socio- The OU making an impact - economic impacts, particularly for introducing OpenWASH women and girls. For example, more than 340,000 children under five die “The original plan was to explore the every year from diarrhoeal diseases potential for applying OU teaching due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, techniques to WASH education to or unsafe drinking water – that’s almost improve the knowledge and skills of 1,000 per day. And fetching water from people working in the sector; that was a long distance and having to use open the start of OpenWASH” explains areas as a toilet can leave women and OpenWASH Academic Director Pam girls vulnerable to abuse and sexual Furniss. “After a gradual development assault. stage, we formed a partnership with World Vision Ethiopia and UNICEF and, WASH is a high priority – it’s one of with funding from the Department for the targets within the United Nations’ International Development, in 2016, Sustainable Development Goals, and the team produced a set of high-quality access to safe water and sanitation learning resources for the WASH sector. are human rights. Supporting the The original project delivered five development of well-resourced, capable modules for use in Ethiopia and there’s institutions that can deliver the education a Trainers’ Handbook that describes and training required to achieve different ways the modules can be sustainable improvements in WASH used for teaching and training. All the systems is an important goal. resources are available in English in print and online.” 39


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    The OU played a key role by using distance learning expertise to support development of the new WASH curriculum. “We work with in-country expert authors to create the new modules - they provide the local knowledge and context and we bring the techniques to put the ‘teacher in the text’,” says Pam. “The OpenWASH resources are now being used in colleges where there aren’t enough qualified staff to teach the students who are looking to work in the WASH sector in Ethiopia. The modules are also being used for professional development courses aimed at people already well as other OU colleagues and the working in the industry. And in July this people from our partner organisations.” year, working with the international NGO WaterAid, we published a new module “As OU academics, we have skills called Count me in! Inclusive WASH in in writing for learning and teaching Ethiopia, which is about equality and expertise that we sometimes don’t accessibility to WASH services for all.” realise we have. We can use them to work with others to help reach large Working together numbers of learners, and the people we work with value what we bring. Pam had the idea for OpenWASH back We’ve had a lot of positive feedback in December 2010. “I was in Addis from the authors in Ethiopia who really Ababa working on another OU project appreciated the experience and the when I had the idea,” she explains. learning they got from it.” “It’s been a long time since it started. So many people have been involved and OpenWASH’s impact beyond Ethiopia have worked hard to make it happen. There were 15 Ethiopian authors There are plans afoot to extend the originally and another two on the new benefits of OpenWASH wider, to module, with five OU academics from other countries. STEM Faculty, plus the project manager and project coordinator from the OU’s International Development Office, as 40


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    As OU academics, we have skills in writing for learning and teaching expertise that we sometimes don’t realise we have. We can use them to work with others to help reach large numbers of learners, and the people we work with value what we bring. “It’s great to think our OpenWASH modules can be used and adapted for WASH projects around the world,” says Pam. Pam’s involvement doesn’t end there. “I’m planning to visit some of the colleges where the modules are being used to evaluate our programme, and to promote the new module,” she says. “I hope OpenWASH will have a lasting impact on the future of WASH in Ethiopia and beyond.” Find out more Read more about OpenWASH and other international development projects Take a look at the OpenWASH modules See the United Nations water facts 41


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    Celebrating the OU’s teacher education work in developing countries In June this year, the OU’s Emeritus Professor of Education Bob Moon was awarded a CBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his pioneering work in teacher education in developing countries. The award also recognises Professor Moon’s global advisory work.. Formerly a headteacher, Professor Moon (pictured right) joined the OU in 1987 and was instrumental in introducing teacher education and training. The OU’s PGCE ran for 25 years and helped thousands of mature students qualify as teachers. He then extended his work abroad, led by the OU in Bangladesh, both setting up the OU’s first international supported by the Department for teacher training initiative, the Teacher International Development (DFID). Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme. “I’m really proud to have received recognition for the ground-breaking Africa’s biggest teacher research and development made training scheme possible by the OU and other organisations,” said Professor Moon. Millions of teachers in Africa have “The OU has played a lead role in benefited from TESSA, which has teacher education and training across become the continent’s biggest and the developing world and is now the longest running international teacher principal expert in teacher training in training project. developing countries.” Find out more For nearly 20 years TESSA has worked Read more about TESSA and the OU’s successfully in some of the poorest international development work countries of the world, and its success led directly to the equivalent programme in India, TESS-India, and the award- winning ‘English in Action’ programme 42


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    OU’s African teacher training continues through ZEST In October 2017, the Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) project began, to help primary school teachers develop their skills. Led by the OU in Scotland with support ZEST has been co-designed with from the International Development Zambian teachers, building on existing Office, the programme will reach 4,000 practice and supporting an active, teachers across Zambia’s Central learner-centred approach to teaching Province and will help to improve which will improve learning outcomes the quality of teaching and learning in Zambia. experiences for children in primary schools in the area. It will create and implement a scalable, school- based teacher development programme. 43


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    And alongside their partners in World them to take a student-centred approach Vision, OU researchers delivered to teaching.” the first large-scale workshops for all teachers within schools in the Central “Scotland is determined to take a Province in May – that’s over 200 stand in the fight against global primary and headteachers from 17 poverty, injustice and inequality,” schools. Feedback so far has been added Dr Alasdair Allan, the Minister good, and it has been a very fulfilling for International Development at the and positive experience for the Scottish Government. “This project OU researchers. will make a real and lasting difference to Zambian communities.” “Quality primary education is critical Find out more to the economic and social wellbeing Read more about the workshops that of Zambia, and we are delighted to have taken place receive this grant of nearly £1.3 million from the Scottish Government to help make that a reality,” said Susan Stewart, Director of the OU in Scotland. This project will make a “Building on the OU’s skills and real and lasting difference experience of education and teacher to Zambian communities. training across Africa, we will work with World Vision Zambia and Zambia’s Ministry of General Education to create an online professional development programme for primary school teachers across Zambia, focused on enabling 44


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    OPEN UP LEARNING


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    New series of Blue Planet II captivates millions of viewers At the end of 2017, the new series images of new life being formed at of Blue Planet II, produced by deep sea vents was balanced by the BBC Natural History Unit in shocking images of albatross parents partnership with the OU, brought unwittingly feeding their chicks plastic. the wonders of our planet’s oceans to our screens. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, it proved a big hit with so many people, The programme used breakthroughs including younger audiences - the first in marine science and cutting-edge episode was watched by 14 million technology to explore new worlds and people throughout the UK, including 2.3 reveal the very latest discoveries across million viewers aged between 16 and 34. our planet; from the Arctic and Antarctic to the coral reefs of the tropical oceans. But what does working in partnership with the BBC actually mean? Whilst we all remember the stunning images of giant turtles, whales OU academics shape the series and fish leaping out of the water to pluck birds from the sky – it The seven-episode series was brought home a real message about supported academic consultants from how much we are still to discover, the OU, who worked closely with the how fragile this environment is, BBC to make the programme, as well as and how much damage humans help to create a wealth of resources to are unwittingly doing. Amazing support it. 46


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    Polar oceanographer Professor Mark Capturing the wonders of the deep Brandon and palaeoceanographer on a wall poster Dr Phil Sexton were part of the OU academic consultant team on Blue As well as bringing audiences closer to Planet II. They have spent years working an array of fascinating creatures and in oceans all around the world including environments on screen, the programme Antarctica, the Atlantic and the Arctic. created huge demand for our Oceans wall poster, with nearly half a million “We know less about the shape of the people requesting a copy. ocean floor than we do about the surface of Mars and Venus,” said Professor The poster has been seen on classroom Brandon. walls, and even on dentist’s ceilings for you to see from the chair! To mark British Science Week in March, they brought the wonders of Blue Planet II to Wales – when they Designer and illustrator Glen Darby, who designed both gave a talk to over 200 people the Oceans poster. at the National Museum in Cardiff. They talked about their experiences of working on the programme, the science behind the series, and the enormous impact the programmes have had on public behaviour and environmental awareness. Hosted by the OU in Wales in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales, the lecture covered the lessons we can learn for the future by studying our oceans, the impact of climate change on our oceans and the food chain, the scientific research that drove the programme making, and the impact that the series has had on our awareness of plastics and other pollution. 47


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    I try and make it so people will learn something from every poster. But the poster is not simply a few are found, and provided me with details pictures – behind the scenes at the OU, about them,” he explained. many hours of hard work have gone in to producing this much-loved resource. Once he had these details, Glen sat and painstakingly hand drew each “The process starts when the whole animal digitally. “The pictures took team sit around the table to discuss such a long time to draw,” he said. “But ideas,” says designer and illustrator Glen once they were complete, I sent them Darby, who designed the poster. back to the academic to check my “I try to drive the concept, by sketching drawings were accurate, and that each out concepts while we talk, and we sea creature was in the right place. agree on a couple of ideas to take Then the academics wrote the text to forward. I try and make it so people will accompany the pictures, working to a learn something from every poster.” word count that I gave them. It’s quite a long process and there was quite a lot of Glen brings the ideas back to his desk back and forth, but it has to be right.” and works them up to a place where academics can add facts and information And this quest to make sure the poster is to them. “For the Oceans poster, once accurate and represents the ocean floor we had agreed the concept of sea depth, correctly has paid off. “It’s great when the academics chose a range of sea so many people see it and love it,” says creatures, found out what depth they Glen. “The Oceans posters simply flew out of the door!” 48


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    A wealth of online resources In the first project, a PhD student will study how the marine ecosystem will Blue Planet II has also led to a joint be impacted in the future by climate. BBC/OU online platform called Plastics They’ll do this by assessing the impact Watch, which brings together engaging of climate on evolution of marine and interactive content to help us phytoplankton - the food source for most understand plastics, the impact they of the marine ecosystem. They’ll study have on the environment, and top tips to how warm climate during the Pliocene reduce our reliance on single- period influenced phytoplankton use plastics. diversity, and the key climate-forcing factors that influenced their evolution. “Plastics Watch is a great legacy from Blue Planet II and we are delighted The second project will provide the funds to have the opportunity to use our for 300 undergraduate students in the extensive expertise in this area Environment, Earth and Ecosystem to support the campaign,” said Dr Sciences department to complete their Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcasting field studies, and develop the right skills and Partnerships at the OU. “Public and talents to become the researchers engagement initiatives like this are a of the future. fundamental part of the great partnership between the OU and the BBC.” Find out more Download our Oceans poster An inspiration for research – Visit the Plastic planet hub on Project Deep Blue OpenLearn, which offers articles, free courses, and videos about plastics – Blue Planet II has also led the OU to what they are made of, and the issues launch Project Deep Blue – which will and solutions to pollution. support students by funding two projects. Visit Plastics Watch 49


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    New course to help young people with their personal finances In November 2017, thanks to It includes topics such as: the support of the Chartered Accountants Livery Company ● Earning money and Charity, The True Potential Centre understanding tax for the Public Understanding of Finance in the OU Business ● Savvy shopping and budgeting School launched a free online personal finance course for young ● Preparing for life after school people in response to research stating that one in seven 17 year ● Living in shared households olds have already racked up debts. ● Understanding debt and how to borrow wisely Hosted on its digital platforms OpenLearn and FutureLearn, Managing ● Credit ratings and how to protect them My Money for Young Adults aims to provide essential support 16 to 18 year ● Planning for later life such as buying a olds as they become responsible for home and pensions. their own financial future. “This course really bolsters financial The OU teamed up with BBC University education in schools by offering students Challenge star Bobby Seagull, (pictured and teachers a format they can study bottom right), and MoneySavingExpert’s when it’s convenient for them,” said True Martin Lewis to deliver the course, which Potential PUFin’s Director Martin Upton. comprises eight bite-sized, video-based “While debt has its place in society and sessions of learning and quizzes. Each it’s not always negative, we are on a session takes around three hours to mission to ensure informed financial complete. decisions are made before the dominos of debt start to tumble.” The course provides dedicated learning Find out more materials for young adults and teachers Visit FutureLearn to see the course to support personal finance education as part of the national curriculum. It has already been viewed by tens of thousands of 16 to 18 year olds, either studying alone or in groups at school or college. 50

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