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The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings

Dr Stephanie Pywell, OU Senior Lecturer in Law, and Professor Rebecca Probert from the University of Exeter summarise some of the effects of the pandemic on couples’ wedding plans, and outline their planned research on this little-discussed aspect of the pandemic

21st July 2020
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PhD studentships

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2021 on ‘Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency’

19th July 2020
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Women’s rights and COVID-19

In this blog post, Dr Kim Barker and Dr Olga Jurasz, both Senior Lecturers in Law at The Open University, discuss the challenges posed to women’s rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

18th July 2020
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The Open University Business School and Law School have launched a showcase for their COVID-19 research and reflections

The current pandemic has brought both threats and opportunities, overturning economic and social norms but also pointing towards new ways of doing things. In the OU’s Business and Law Schools, our response has been: what can we learn?

17th July 2020
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PhD-ing during quarantine

Laura Noakes, a PhD student in the OU Law School, reflects on her experience of studying for a PhD during lockdown. She shares some insights into the feelings of isolation, felt by so many during this period, and reminds us all to be kinder to ourselves

17th July 2020
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'Model Land' and its phantasies threaten us all

Professor Mark Fenton O’Creevy from The Open University Business School and Dr Erica Thompson from LSE highlight the dangers of investing scientific models with phantastic (wished-for but unrealistic) power to resolve uncertainty during the pandemic

16th July 2020
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COVID-19 and the Family Court: Justice at our Fingertips

Allison Wolfreys is a Lecturer in Law in The Open University's Law School. In her blog written specifically for this series, she outlines the family court's transition to online hearings and the immediate impact of this new, remote approach

15th July 2020
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COVID-19 and facilitated engagement online

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University, reflects on the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has presented for online, facilitated engagement

14th July 2020
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Online domestic abuse resource launched

Calls to domestic violence hotlines have soared during lockdown. In response, The Open University’s Open Justice team has collaborated with charity Support Through Court to launch a free open online resource

13th July 2020
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Working from home: can it impact on menopause?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, vast numbers are working remotely. But can working from home have an impact on menopause symptoms? Joanna Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations in The Open University's Business School, explores

12th July 2020

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