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Like it or not, schools are being converted into academies – that’s anti-democratic

As children head back to class this week, another school will be opening its doors for the autumn term as an academy – in spite of opposition from parents and the community

4th September 2015

The Four Ages of Online Executive Education

We have come a long way from the late 1990s and the first inklings of what the emerging internet might mean for executive education. A model of the efficient transfer of knowledge held sway as delegates were ranged before banks of cathode ray tubes and plugged into programmes of learning. With computers in charge, what could possibly go wrong?

19th August 2015

The Private Security State

Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, a raft of legislation was introduced in the UK and in Europe mandating data sharing between the private sector and government. Post Snowden, the appetite for such surveillance waned. However, after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen earlier in 2015, this appetite seems to have been renewed.

18th August 2015

Business sectors must share management ideas

Imagine you could compare the performance of private, public and non-profit providers in fields where they are all competing together – such as hospitals, nursery provision, schools, and residential care for the elderly. What would the results show?  Who is best at running human service organisations? The answer is… none of the above!

10th August 2015

What you need to be an effective leader

Leadership is widely regarded as important and, if you want to develop a career in any organisation, you will certainly be expected to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Unfortunately, there is much less unanimity about what constitutes good leadership, although many have tried to answer this important question. 

9th August 2015

Political astuteness: an essential skill in the workplace

Increasingly leaders need to deal with and manage a range of stakeholders with diverse goals, values and priorities; political astuteness, aka understanding the lay of the land and using it to your advantage, is a valuable tool in influencing and engaging stakeholders. It also helps leaders to understand others and achieve organisational outcomes.

8th August 2015

How to address the looming skills shortage: seven L&D strategies

Around the world, governments are predicting serious employment challenges relating to a pending shortage of key skills. What can be done to address this and how does it impact on HR, L&D departments and the companies and institutions that design and deliver development programmes for them?

7th August 2015

The OU wins grant to create National Centre for Policing Research & Professional Development

The OU has been awarded £1.36m of funding over 19 months from the Police Knowledge Fund, a joint initiative between The College of Policing, HEFCE and the Home Office.

5th August 2015

MBA Case Builder wins prestigious education awards

The OU’s MBA Business Case Builder has won two industry awards: Gold in the annual Heist Awards in the category of ‘Best use of innovation and creative thinking’ and Silver in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards in the category of ‘Individual sub-websites’.

4th August 2015

The OU and Innovate Finance launch world’s first FinTech 101 course

This new course provides examples of the technologies  and how they can help to democratise finance and promote social inclusion, ultimately contributing to the future sustainability of financial services.

4th August 2015

Upcoming Events

Mar 22

CVSL Conference 2018: Putting Leadership and Collaboration into Practice in a Changing Voluntary Sector

Thursday, March 22, 2018 -

09:45 to 16:15

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Apr 10

OUBS London Alumni Networking Informal Drop In

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -

18:30 to 20:30

Champagne Charlie's, The Arches, 17 Villiers St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6NG

Apr 18

The Open University Law School Symposium: Belonging

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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