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Professor Eddie Abbott-Halpin, Paul Catley (Head of the OU Law School), Professor Chris Newman and Professor Simon Lee

Law’s involvement in research group is out of this world

On first glance, what does The Open University’s success in winning a £6.7 million grant from Research England to expand its Astrobiology Research Group have to do with the Law School or Business School?

This major three-year project starting in December 2019, led by Dr Karen Olsson-Francis, a Senior Lecturer in the STEM faculty, aims to help address fundamental questions about life beyond the Earth.

26th June 2019
Open Justice's UNODC project

Open Justice Centre’s helping to deliver UN global education project

The Law School’s Open Justice Centre has joined forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help deliver its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

25th June 2019
The Open University launches scholarship fund to support carers

The Open University launches scholarship fund to support carers

The Open University has this week launched The Carers Scholarships Fund, which will provide 50 UK-based carers with a full fee-waiver scholarship of up to £18,000 to study an OU course of their choice. To ensure young adult carers are encouraged to apply, 15 places have been reserved for those between the ages of 18-28.

12th June 2019
OU Law students and prison staff outside HMP Altcourse

OU Law students collaborate with prison learners

OU Law students from around the UK have collaborated with prison learners to record a series of radio programmes for broadcast on prison radio, as part of a pioneering project by the University’s Open Justice Centre.

28th May 2019

Violence Against Women in Politics (#VAWP) – The Antithesis of (Online) Equality

Increasingly, online participation is being threatened through manifestations of online violence, especially online violence against women. This directly undermines the scope of the Internet, which should be a foundation for challenging the everyday normalisation of abuse and inequality but is increasingly becoming a tool for reinforcing inequality and silencing women online. 

13th May 2019
Attorney General Student Awards 2019

Law Clinic wins at Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards

The Open Justice Centre’s Law Clinic, which offers free online legal advice led by the OU students supervised by qualified solicitors, won the Best Legal Tech Contribution in the Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards.

7th May 2019
Hand signing document

Mind Your P’s & Q’s! Brush Up On Your Legal Writing Skills

Writing is a vital part of the law degree. As a law student you will spend a lot of time scribbling notes in lectures and seminars, noting down information from books or articles, and drafting assignments.

7th May 2019
Image of American lawyer making closing statement

The legal profession has a mental health problem – which is an issue for everyone

Culturally, lawyers are often represented as workaholics and perfectionists, embodying qualities such as meticulous attention to detail, unemotional rationality, and an imperviousness to the distress of others. And so as a society, we often don’t think about how legal professionals might be affected by the work that they do.

24th April 2019
CJ Burge

CJ talks on Radio Four about turning her life around

First-class Law graduate CJ Burge was in prison when she earned her degree from The Open University.

16th April 2019
LawWorks logo

Law Clinic gains further recognition at prestigious student awards

The Open Justice Centre’s Law Clinic has been shortlisted in the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2019. 

16th April 2019

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