What happened to law clinics in lockdown?

Hugh McFaul is Co-Director of the Law School’s Open Justice Centre and Module Chair of ‘Justice in Action’ (W360). The disruption caused by Covid-19 has had far reaching impacts and required all of us to adapt to life’s challenges under lockdown. University law clinics are no exception and law academics and clinic supervisors have had to act fast andContinue reading “What happened to law clinics in lockdown?”

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Hilary connects with a global audience

Dr Hilary Collins is based in Executive Education as a Senior Lecturer in Corporate Programmes. Following the recent publication of her blog by Wonkhe, Hilary was also interviewed on ‘The experience of teaching during a pandemic’ as part of the Expert Talks for Cumulus Connects. Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and designContinue reading “Hilary connects with a global audience”

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Viva success for Michela

Congratulations to Michela Pagani who passed her PhD viva on 6 November 2020 with her thesis, ‘City Leaders, Relationships and Urban Resilience. A Mixed Methods exploratory study of the City Leadership Network of Padua (Italy) and Peterborough (UK)’. The panel was chaired by Dr Owain Smolovic Jones, the external examiner was Prof Richard Bolden (University of theContinue reading “Viva success for Michela”

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How Covid-19 and technology could transform the dispute resolution system

Dr Clare Jones is a Senior Law Lecturer at The Open University, and a member of the LIFT (Law, Information, Future, Technology) research cluster @OU_LIFT The current pandemic has forced a lot of people to change patterns of behaviour and how normal activities are approached and carried out. In normal circumstances, change in the legal system is oftenContinue reading “How Covid-19 and technology could transform the dispute resolution system”

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The UK’s COVID-19 PPE saga and lessons for future emergency procurements

Dr Miriam Mbah, who joined the OU as a Lecturer in Law in September 2020, has both a LLM and a PhD in Public Procurement Law. Public procurement is a highly regulated government activity, governed by laws or circulars within a state. In the UK, the procurement of goods, works and services is regulated by TheContinue reading “The UK’s COVID-19 PPE saga and lessons for future emergency procurements”

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OUBS leads ground-breaking £300k project on online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools

A team led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter of The Open University Business School has been awarded nearly £300,000 to investigate online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools. ‘Leading school learning through Covid-19 and beyond’, in collaboration with Professor Alan Floyd from the University of Reading, is believed to be the first project ofContinue reading “OUBS leads ground-breaking £300k project on online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools”

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Strategic Agility in Uncertain Times

Jedrzej George Frynas is Professor of Strategic Management in the OU Business School. This text is based on the Strategic agility and leadership in uncertain times webinar, held on Wednesday 25 November 2020. In a fast-changing, turbulent environment that we are currently experiencing, the challenge is how an organisation can remain flexible and can quickly adapt to newContinue reading “Strategic Agility in Uncertain Times”

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Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures

During the era of US prohibition, illegal speakeasies thrived. And while the UK socially distances, there are similar reports of secret parties and raves today. Beyond such gatherings, there have been anecdotes of people from all walks of life ignoring advice to self-isolate, illicitly mixing with other households and refusing to wear masks. Research suggests that although most people in the UK intend to follow socialContinue reading “Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures”

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Well done to two aspiring academics – Nicola and Marco

Congratulations to Nicola Croxton who passed her PhD viva on 13 October with her thesis, ‘The internationalisation of corporate social responsibility: Nonmarket strategy in a global context’. Her supervisors are Prof Liz Daniel, Prof Dev Kodwani and former OU academics Prof Thomas Lawton and Dr Raquel Garcia-Garcia. The chair was Prof Jean Hartley, the external examiner wasContinue reading “Well done to two aspiring academics – Nicola and Marco”

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Policing project is financed by OU’s Covid-19 fund

Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the OU Business School, is leading on a project to research senior policing decision-making in the context of the radical uncertainties of the pandemic. Also involved in the project, which has been awarded an OU Covid-19 grant for £15,700, are Dr Nicky Miller and Dr Helen Selby-Fell in the Centre for Policing ResearchContinue reading “Policing project is financed by OU’s Covid-19 fund”

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