More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?

This blog was written for this series by Dr Anwar Halari, Lecturer in Accounting in the OU Business School. Anwar’s current research is in the area of accountability and sustainability where he is investigating the role of accountants in the move towards sustainability, with a particular emphasis on the circular economy. Other areas of research he is alsoContinue reading “More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?”

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Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership leads COVID-19 research

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL), is part of a consortium awarded £44,000 by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for a four-month research project, ‘The Value of Small Charities in the Response To and Recovery From the COVID-19 Pandemic’. The project will develop and analyse four case studies and produceContinue reading “Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership leads COVID-19 research”

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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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Behind the Digital Curtain: a cross-cultural study of academic identities, liminalities and labour market adaptations for the ‘Uber-isation’ of HE

In this post blog, Dr Hilary Collins, Senior Lecturer with Executive Education, discusses ‘Behind the Digital Curtain’, a paper co-authored with OU colleague Dr Hayley Glover and former colleague Fran Myers, now at the University of Manchester. This was recently published in the ‘Teaching in Higher Education’ academic journal. A further study is now underwayContinue reading “Behind the Digital Curtain: a cross-cultural study of academic identities, liminalities and labour market adaptations for the ‘Uber-isation’ of HE”

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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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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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COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children’s Stories

Allison Wolfreys is a Lecturer in Law in the OU Law School and a member of the European Children’s Rights Unit, a research-intensive cluster located within the University of Liverpool’s School of Law and Social Justice. Members of the unit have produced a series of briefings outlining the impact of COVID-19 on different aspects of children’s lives and rights. The range of publications highlightContinue reading “COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children’s Stories”

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New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed

An OU academic is leading the expert panel strand of a new research project to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed in the UK. Professor Elizabeth Daniel, Professor of Information Management in OU’s Faculty of Business and Law and her collaborators have been awarded a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant of £178,000 by UKContinue reading “New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed”

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