Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new report commissioned by police

Domestic homicides remain an ‘entrenched and enduring problem’ despite figures remaining relatively stable during lockdown, a new report drawing on research by an OU academic and commissioned by police has found. ‘Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020-2021’ is the first report of the Domestic Homicide Project, established by the National Police Chiefs’ Council andContinue reading “Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new report commissioned by police”

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Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research

The Leading school learning through COVID-19 and beyond project, led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter, together with Dr Katharine Jewitt and University of Reading colleague Professor Alan Floyd, are investigating online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools. Early findings indications New and innovative practices adopted during COVID-19 born out of necessity are reported as now beingContinue reading “Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research”

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Impact of COVID-19 on weddings reinforces need for marriage law reforms, experts say

Coronavirus disruption to weddings has highlighted the complexity and antiquity of marriage law and reinforced the need for reform, a new study shows. During the pandemic the ease and speed with which couples were able to marry has depended on their chosen route into marriage – religious or civil – experts have found. Rules toContinue reading “Impact of COVID-19 on weddings reinforces need for marriage law reforms, experts say”

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The value of small and local charities …. in a big crisis

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) is part of the research team, funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, which has launched The Value of Small in a Big Crisis report. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, this builds on and expands the findings of the original The Value of Small research in 2018. TheContinue reading “The value of small and local charities …. in a big crisis”

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OUBS expert speaks to House of Lords Covid-19 Committee’s inquiry

Dr Jamie Woodcock made several recommendations when he was invited to give oral evidence at the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee inquiry. The focus of this session in early February was understanding the impacts on work, within the context of increasing digitalisation and automation, with the long-term impacts on wellbeing. The Senior Lecturer in Management’s recommendationsContinue reading “OUBS expert speaks to House of Lords Covid-19 Committee’s inquiry”

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Researching the impact of Covid-19 on the future workplace

A project to assess the future workplace as a result of Covid-19 has received funding from the OU’s Rapid Response scheme. Dr Hilary Collins, a Senior Lecturer in Corporate Programmes for Executive Education, has received £7,500 to assess the impact of the pandemic on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for organisational development in the UK.Continue reading “Researching the impact of Covid-19 on the future workplace”

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“We do good things, don’t we?”: considerations about social enterprises’ evaluation approaches

This blog is written by Dr Francesca Calo, Lecturer in Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS). This blog was originally published on 2 February 2021 and was written for the OUBS Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) blog. In 2009, Alex Nicholls titled his article, in which he discusses the emergent reporting practicesContinue reading ““We do good things, don’t we?”: considerations about social enterprises’ evaluation approaches”

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Ambition in a Time of Crisis

Dr Zoe Lawson is a social entrepreneur, MBA alumna and member of the OU Business School’s Alumni Council. What is Ambition and is it Good or Bad? Most of us if pressed for a definition would say that ambition involves some sort of striving for achievement. Whether we define it as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ isContinue reading “Ambition in a Time of Crisis”

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Building Resilience in Pandemic Times

Social entrepreneur Dr Zoe Lawson is an MBA alumna and member of the OU Business School’s Alumni Council. Resilience;  noun The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. Like nylon. Ladies, think of that springy shapewear designed to disguise lumps and bumps. MenContinue reading “Building Resilience in Pandemic Times”

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