The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings

This blog is written by Dr Stephanie Pywell and Professor Rebecca Probert. Stephanie is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The Open University, and a member of the Feminism, Gender and the Law research cluster; Rebecca is Professor of Law at the University of Exeter. Like most other spheres of human activity, weddings were seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Continue reading “The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings”

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Women’s rights and COVID-19

Dr Kim Barker and Dr Olga Jurasz are Senior Lecturers in Law at The Open University and members of the Feminism, Gender and Law research cluster. They have recently contributed an evidence submission on COVID-19 and violence against women to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Dr Dubravka Šimonović. he COVID-19 pandemic hasContinue reading “Women’s rights and COVID-19”

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PhD-ing during quarantine

Laura Noakes is a Legal Historian and an expert in early women barristers. She is currently completing a PhD at The Open University School of Law. Her research examines the relationship between the women’s suffrage movement and early women lawyers through detailed contextual consideration of two women: Elsie Bowerman and Chrystal Macmillan. Laura has written for The Olive Fox andContinue reading “PhD-ing during quarantine”

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‘Model Land’ and its phantasies threaten us all

This blog is written by Dr Erica Thompson and Professor Mark Fenton O’Creevy. Erica is Senior Policy Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series at LSE and a Fellow of the London Mathematical Laboratory, where she leads the research programme on Inference from Models. Mark is Professor of Organisational Behaviour in The Open University’s Business School. Both are members of the CRUISSE network set up by UKContinue reading “‘Model Land’ and its phantasies threaten us all”

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COVID-19 and the Family Court: Justice at our Fingertips

This blog is written by Allison Wolfreys, a Lecturer in Law in The Open University’s Law School. On 1 February of this year the Deputy Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, the Honourable Mr Justice MacDonald in his keynote speech at the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference1 reflected on family law as the “cut glass prism throughContinue reading “COVID-19 and the Family Court: Justice at our Fingertips”

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COVID-19 and facilitated engagement online

In a blog written for this series, Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) at The Open University reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for online, virtual facilitation. Fidele uses the example of local learning clubs to demonstrate the positive outcomes of moving facilitation to online, including the opportunityContinue reading “COVID-19 and facilitated engagement online”

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Online domestic abuse resource launched

The Open University Law Schools Open Justice team has collaborated with charity Support Through Court (STC) to launch a free open online resource for learners, themed around domestic abuse. Its timely launch coincides with the rapid rise in numbers of people in domestic abuse situations seeking help during the UK lockdown. STC helps members ofContinue reading “Online domestic abuse resource launched”

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Working from home: can it impact on menopause?

This blog is written by Joanna Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Open University’s Business School. Joanna is the Co-author of the Government Office Report Menopause transition: effects on women’s economic participation. This blog was originally published on 19 June 2020 and was written for the Henpicked website. The coronavirus pandemic led to an unprecedented time globally. AsContinue reading “Working from home: can it impact on menopause?”

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Designing Online Learning for Interactivity

This blog was published on 8 June and written by Dr Ruslan Ramanau, Lecturer in e-Learning and Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation in Legal and Business Education (SCiLAB) in the OU’s Business School. The original blog can be accessed on the SCiLAB website. A key question facing teachers and institutions that move their teaching online (be it fullyContinue reading “Designing Online Learning for Interactivity”

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Freedom Law Clinic explores the effects of COVID-19 on civil liberties

Ten law students from The Open University are taking part in a four-week project that will consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil liberties. The ‘Civil Liberties in the Lockdown’ project is being run by the Freedom Law Clinic, which creates pro bono opportunities for students to access criminal appeal cases and offer virtualContinue reading “Freedom Law Clinic explores the effects of COVID-19 on civil liberties”

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