Why the government must learn to trust teachers

This article was written by Jacqueline Baxter for Discover Society, originally published on 24 August 2020. Jacqueline is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management in The Open University Business School and Chair on the MBA programme.  Her research interests lie in the area of public service accountability governance and trust, with a particular emphasis on education. She is EditorContinue reading “Why the government must learn to trust teachers”

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‘Solidarity is a weapon’ – addressing the housing crisis together

This blog was written for this series by Owain Smolović Jones, director of the OU’s Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures academic centre of excellence and senior lecturer in the Department for People and Organisations, Sanela Smolović Jones, director of the OU’s Gendered Organisational Practice research cluster and lecturer in the Department for People and Organisations and Kulsoom Jafri, an Acorn member and tradeContinue reading “‘Solidarity is a weapon’ – addressing the housing crisis together”

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The absence of women from Italy’s COVID-19 pandemic response

Dr Cinzia Priola, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies in the OU Business School and Dr Lara Pecis, Lecturer in Organisation Studies in Lancaster University Management School, have written a paper for Gender in Management. An International Journal. Their publication, ‘Missing voices: The absence of women from Italy’s COVID-19 pandemic response’, explores the role of Italian women in society andContinue reading “The absence of women from Italy’s COVID-19 pandemic response”

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Healthcare Innovation: Lessons from COVID-19

This blog is written by Richard Holti, Professor of Professional Learning and John Storey, Professor of Human Resource Management, both based in the OU Business School. They are the authors of Innovating Healthcare: The Role of Political, Managerial and Clinical Leadership (Routledge 2020). It is widely anticipated that COVID-19 is likely to be a game-changing phenomenon. Health service provisionContinue reading “Healthcare Innovation: Lessons from COVID-19”

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Reading during lockdown: Insights from Global Ethnography

This blog was written by Carolin Decker-Lange, a Senior Lecturer in Management, based in the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise in The Open University Business School. The global pandemic situation has inspired many people to read books that they haven’t looked at for years. During the lockdown, I revisited Global Ethnography, published by the sociologist Michael Burawoy and hisContinue reading “Reading during lockdown: Insights from Global Ethnography”

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Collaboration on dealing with a future crisis

Professor Edoardo Ongaro has worked closely with his fellow editors of the scientific journal Public Policy and Administration in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Professor of Public Management (pictured) has been working with USA-based Associate Professor, Keith Baker and Professor Claire Dunlop in the UK. The projects include a virtual special issue on usable knowledge and an editorial identifying how public policy and publicContinue reading “Collaboration on dealing with a future crisis”

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Time is of the essence. Why don’t we spend more time teaching it?

This blog is written by Dr Terry O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Management in the OU Business School. Terry’s subject-based research focuses on the use of marketing in the arts and for positive social change. The original blog was published on 29 May 2020 and can be accessed on the SCiLAB website. Sure you’ve got the time to read this? Then I’llContinue reading “Time is of the essence. Why don’t we spend more time teaching it?”

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Taking legal outreach online

Hugh McFaul, Director of The Open Justice Centre and Module Chair of W360 ‘Justice in action’ writes about taking legal outreach online. Pro bono legal work is part of the DNA of the UK legal profession and can involve lawyers working without pay to help provide access to justice for those unable to pay for legalContinue reading “Taking legal outreach online”

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COVID-19, gender, and criminal justice in England and Wales

This blog is written by Dr Caroline Derry, Senior Lecturer in Law and a member of the Feminism, Gender and Law research cluster.  Lockdown and social distancing have had some obvious effects on criminal justice, worsening pre-existing problems with the system. The short-term suspension of jury trials is perhaps the best-known example. However, the consequences of COVID-19 have beenContinue reading “COVID-19, gender, and criminal justice in England and Wales”

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Consumer Debt, Financial Difficulties & Poverty during COVID-19

Dr Clare Chambers-Jones is a Senior Law Lecturer at The Open University and has a background in financial exclusion and banking regulation. Her work has focused on banking crises, the regulatory response to crises over time and exploring whether a historical approach could enlighten regulatory responses. Clare’s work is currently examining the thinking that novelContinue reading “Consumer Debt, Financial Difficulties & Poverty during COVID-19”

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