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Business and Law in the time of COVID-19

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?

This series of reflections on the pandemic highlights how management and legal insights from research and scholarship can help us consider and interpret the current context. How can business and the institutions that support it respond to the challenges, adapt and hopefully look forward to a post-pandemic world?

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Taking legal outreach online

As traditional face-to-face universities rethink how to provide community based legal support, Hugh McFaul, Director of The Open Justice Centre, highlights how the OU is helping to deliver online pro bono support, and reflects on the opportunities and challenges this creates

3rd August 2020
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COVID-19, gender, and criminal justice in England and Wales

Dr Caroline Derry, Senior Lecturer in Law, raises awareness of the inequitable impact COVID-19 is having on women. This blog particularly highlights the experiences of victims of sexual offenses crimes, with many hearings now delayed until 2022

31st July 2020
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Consumer Debt, Financial Difficulties & Poverty during COVID-19

'Where can we find shards of light and start to rebuild our economy and prosperity? How can we innovate in new ways?'. These are just two of the questions explored in this blog written by Dr Clare Chambers-Jones, Senior Law Lecturer in the OU Law School

29th July 2020
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Five reasons why coercive control has increased during COVID-19

Keren Lloyd Bright, Senior Lecturer in Law and Louise Taylor, Lecturer in Law, highlight five reasons why the incidence and severity of coercive control has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Keren and Louise are based in the OU Law School

29th July 2020
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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 at the University of Liverpool. Her latest paper 'COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children’s Stories' is now available

28th July 2020
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The need for constructive ambivalence during COVID-19

Mark Fenton O’Creevy is Professor of Organisational Behaviour in The Open University Business School. This blog explores what happens when events like the COVID-19 pandemic bring the provisional nature of our understanding of the world sharply into focus

24th July 2020
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Online teaching: starting out. My Story

Dr Jacqueline Baxter is Director for the Centre for Innovation in online Legal and Business Education (SCiLAB) at the OU Business School. In this blog, she shares tips for educators forced to teach online and explores the impact this can have on job satisfaction

23rd July 2020
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Open Justice Centre shares online education best practice

Find out how The Open University Law School’s Open Justice Centre is sharing OU expertise in delivering world-leading online and distance learning in order to support the wider legal education sector in its time of need during the pandemic

22nd July 2020
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How did business leaders cope and innovate during COVID-19?

Jedrzej George Frynas is Professor of Strategic Management in the OU Business School. In a webinar series co-organised with The Whole Thing Group, international business leaders explain how their businesses coped with, and innovated during, COVID-19

22nd July 2020
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New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed

A team led by Elizabeth Daniel, Professor of Information Management in the OU’s Faculty of Business and Law has been awarded a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant. The new research project will consider the impacts of the pandemic on the self-employed in the UK

21st July 2020

PhD Studentships

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