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Upcoming Events

What's on at the OU? As an OU graduate, you have access to a number of free, online events across your University. Here are the latest events you can attend. Just click on the links to find out more and save your place. We look forward to seeing you!


WELS Postgraduate Research Open Day

Thursday 13 October 2022: 10:00 to 15:00

Online

TheWELS Open Day will outline the different research degree programmes we offer (PhD, EdD and DHSC) and the funding available, and it will also provide information about how to make an application, including writing a research proposal. The event is also an opportunity to meet academics, librarians and students, and to find out more about the requirements for a doctoral research, our research facilities and hear about some of our current research projects.

For more information or to register please email to WELS-Student-Enquiries@open.ac.uk


The Political Positions Between Us: Can Psychology Depolarise the Public?

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 10:30 to 16:00

Wellcome Room, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

This event will offer a thought-provoking opportunity to interact and discuss political polarisation - the divergence of political attitudes - with experts and innovative new researchers. 


The OU Graduate Nietzsche Conference

Friday 14 October 2022 09:45 to Saturday 15 October 19:00

Online

In the not-too-distant past, graduates specialising in the study of Nietzsche’s philosophy were relatively rare. Now we are many. Yet, post-pandemic, there are fewer opportunities to present and discuss our research. The graduate community of Nietzsche scholars at The Open University invites graduate researchers with an interest in this subject to submit papers for our OU Online Graduate Conference on Nietzsche.

Download event programme


Frozen Planet 2: Behind the scenes

Tuesday 18 October 2022 13:30 to 14:30

Online

Join us for a special event where we talk to academics involved and BBC producers who worked on the amazing BBC / Open University series.

This event will be hosted by Julia Cooke, Media Fellow, as she talks to Dr Miranda Dyson, Dr Kadmiel Maseyk, and Professor Mark Brandon from the OU, who all supported the production of the show by acting as academic consultants, providing expertise and insight into the latest research. Join us as they share insight on their work for the series and how global warming is impacting the frozen worlds.

BBC series producer Elizabeth White and Usha Amin, Assistant Producer, will also join the panel to share an insight into how the series was filmed, the inspiration behind the series, the challenges of location working and the joy of working with Sir David Attenborough.


Ageing Well public talk series: Taking control of dying

Wednesday 19 October 2022: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Dr Barbara Gale and Dr Victoria Hedges will present on what are the things we don’t talk about & preparing for our death and as a relative preparing for someone else’s death. We will also talk about ways we can take some of the control over our dying and what are the ways we can co-create our care plans.

Dr Barbara Gale, MBE Visiting Senior Fellow in Integrated Care for the Integrated Care Academy (ICA). Barbara has 40 years’ experience working in end-of-life care, with a background in nursing, palliative care and systemic family therapy. Most recently Barbara was Chief Executive of St Nicholas Hospice Care from 2007 to 2021, developing innovative models of care, built on public health and asset-based community development approaches to palliative care.

Dr Victoria Hedges- Victoria works as Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also at Sobell House hospice in Oxford and provides specialist advice for patients in a broad range of settings (including in the community and hospitals). She also works with the Oxford Kidney Unit, providing supportive care for patients and their families who are making complex decisions, such as to stop haemodialysis.


Distinguished Speaker Series: Focus on Ukraine

Wednesday 19 October 2022: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

Join us for a special public lecture on the Ukraine as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series fro the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures.

We welcome Dr Olga Onuch, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Manchester who will talk about the 'Data for Ukraine' project. Dr Onuch's research on protest politics in Ukraine has resulted in her consulting policymakers in Canada, Ukraine, the UK and US. Her research has received praise and awards, placing her on the map as one of the foremost experts on protests and activism in Ukraine.


Explore your goals: your next step - live workshop

Wednesday 19 October 2022: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


The Future of the Public Sector: Challenges and opportunities for strategic change during turbulent times

Wednesday 26 October 2022: 09:00 to 10:00

Online

Historically, public sector organisations have faced continual pressure to offer value under stringent resource constraints. During the recent turbulent times, these organisations have been stretched further than ever before.

Faced with a variety of political, social, and professional demands, combined with institutional change, what is the future of the public sector and what role does strategic change have to play?

This webinar draws together academic expertise and practitioner insights to discuss this issue, and to explore wider strategic challenges and opportunities facing the sector.


How To Get Published

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 09:30 to 16:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

The Open University is delighted to be partnering with The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (Bloomsbury) to offer this full day conference, ‘How to Get Published’.


Professor Stephen Peake: Travels with Energy Goggles

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 19:30 to Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 21:00

Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Climate and energy scientist Stephen Peake is giving talks across Scotland, as part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's 'Inspiring People' talks series. 


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Thursday 3 November 2022: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: Memory and preserving Sense of Self while ageing and spending time outdoors

Wednesday 16 November 2022: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Dr Helen Joannidi and Ellie Board from The Parks Trust, will discuss about age related and non-age-related memory loss and how to boost our memory. We will also introduce sense of self and discuss how important it is for our health and wellbeing and how using mindfulness and present moment awareness of nature can help to preserve and maintain a sense of self and well-being in older age. We will also share few tips on how we might enhance sense of self including walks in the parks.

Dr Helen Joannidi– Helen is Health Care and Professions Council and British Psychological Society registered Clinical Psychologist.

Ms Ellie Broad- Project Engagement Officer, The Parks Trust. Ellie has been working at The Parks Trust as community engagement officer for the Great Linford Manor Park Heritage Fund project, which focuses on engaging people living with dementia in our community.


Cover letters and emails: Perfecting your one-page pitch - live workshop

Wednesday 16 November 2022: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd and get employers to shortlist you? Knowing how to write an effective covering letter is one way to do this. In this session we’ll be exploring why and when to use a covering letter, content, structure and format, and how to tailor it to different opportunities.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Eco-creativity 2022: The Arts mapping emotional landscape of the Climate and Ecological Crises

Friday 18 November 2022: 13:00 to Saturday 19 November 13:00

Online

In this third edition of the Eco-creativity conference, we invite interdisciplinary, empirical, and ethnographic approaches to understanding the role of arts and creative industries in delineating new ‘emotional landscapes’ of the climate and ecological crises. The arts have long been expected to exert some form of moral influence on the audience or develop our moral imagination (Leung, 2018), enabling us to ‘revalue’ the world. Eco-creativity 2022 explores the role of the arts, as disciplines, practices and methodologies in the humanities, as well as social, natural and technological sciences, in contributing new directions and finding new ways to both communicate and protect the fragile ecology of our planet.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Tuesday 22 November 2022: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


GOTH Reading Group

Thursday 24 November 2022: 14:00 to 15:00

Online

Gender and Otherness in The Humanities Reading Group. Details TBC


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Thursday 1 December 2022: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Thursday 6 December 2022: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: Equality, diversity and inclusion in access and provision of care in health services

Wednesday 14 December 2022: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Dr Carlos J Moreno-Leguizamon will present issues around equality, diversity, and inclusion in access to provision and care in health services while ageing. We will also discuss access to and provision of palliative care.

Dr Carlos J Moreno-Leguizamon – Carlos is an Associate Professor of Health Inequalities and Programme Leader of the MSc Global Public Health at the School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich with longstanding interest in diversity and inclusion in access to provision and care in health services while ageing.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Wednesday 14 December 2022: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


GOTH Reading Group

Thursday 12 January 2023: 14:00 to 15:45

Online

Gender and Otherness in The Humanities Reading Group. Details TBC


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Tuesday 17 January 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Ageing Well public talk series: General Practice: COVID-19 and beyond

Wednesday 18 January 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Andy Potter MD will focus on changes to general practice functioning (in how patients interact with GPs and the services on offer. GP surgeries now employ pharmacists, physios, social prescribers, paramedics and we will talk through these changes, looking specifically on how to navigate them and make the best use of what the GP practices offer today.

Andrew Potter MD– Andy is GP lead for the Milton Keynes community respiratory service and the GP lead for the Milton Keynes home oxygen assessment service and is passionate about developing strategies for improving health of our patients with long term conditions. Andy has a special interest in post COVID syndrome and GP lead for the Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Post Covid Assessment Service.


Explore your goals: your next step - live workshop

Wednesday 1 February 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Wednesday 8 February 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Tuesday 14 February 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: What should we know about nutrition and living with Diabetes Type 2 while ageing

Tuesday 22 February 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

This talk Dr Jitka Vseteckova and Alan Hastings will discuss what we need to consider around nutrition while ageing and how to support people to eat regularly and well. We will also discuss nutrition and what we need to know about living with Diabetes Type 2.

Dr Jitka Vseteckova - Senior Lecturer Health and Social Care, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University. Jitka has longstanding interest and passion in researching ageing and engaging with public.

Mr Alan Hastings 
– ‘In 2014  I was diagnosed as Pre-diabetic, i.e. close to Type 2. As an ex-Project Manager, I treat my health as a Project, so I control my diet with a colour coded chart (Red, Amber, Green) of everything I eat showing quantities, Calories, Sugar, Fat, Saturated Fat, Salt. Taking care of my health and creating healthy routines helped me to keep my blood sugar at acceptable levels.’


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Wednesday 1 March 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Tuesday 7 March 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Ageing Well public talk series: Relationships and intimacy while ageing

Tuesday 15 March 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

This talk Dr Andreas Vossler focuses on things we usually don't talk about - especially around relationships, intimacy and ageing. The talk will cover assumptions and facts about sex and ageing, sexual health in older age, importance of intimacy and positive relationships in later life.

Dr Andreas VosslerSenior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University. Andreas focusses his research on promoting individual and collective health and well-being by applying concepts such as empowerment, participation, social networks and social support, social and economic justice.


Cover letters and emails: Perfecting your one-page pitch - live workshop

Wednesday 22 March 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd and get employers to shortlist you? Knowing how to write an effective covering letter is one way to do this. In this session we’ll be exploring why and when to use a covering letter, content, structure and format, and how to tailor it to different opportunities.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


GOTH Writing Retreat

Thursday 23 March 2023: 08:30 to 

Online

Gender and Otherness in The Humanities event. Details TBC


Ageing Well public talk series: Let's talk about sleep

Wednesday 19 April 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

Sleeping while ageing – why do we might struggle to get good night sleep and how to change that? In this talk Dr Abigail Methley will help us to understand why it is so important to sleep well and enough and will include few practical tips on how to do so.

Dr Abigail MethleySenior Clinical Psychologist in North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, specialising in neuropsychology (the relationship between the brain and human behaviour). Abi’s role involves supporting people to understand and live well with the cognitive and emotional changes accompanying long term conditions including dementia. Prior to this she was the specialist clinical psychologist for an NHS older peoples' mental health and memory assessment service.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Wednesday 19 April 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


GOTH Awayday

Thur-sday 20 April 2023: 10:30 to 16:00

Location: to be confirmed

Gender and Otherness in the Humanities Awayday. Details to be confirmed.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Thursday 27 April 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.


Explore your goals: your next step - live workshop

Wednesday 10 May 2023: 12:00 to 13:00

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Networking woe to networking pro - live workshop

Tuesday 16 May 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Networking is an increasingly popular way to connect with employers, and particularly now there are more and more online networking events, but it can be tricky. Do you avoid networking opportunities as you're not sure exactly what to do? Join us in this live workshop where we'll help take the fear out of networking, explore what you can gain from it and help you on the way to becoming a networking pro.

These sessions offer a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Ageing Well public talk series: Health inequalities and ageing

Wednesday 17 May 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

In this talk Sonal will explore how may health inequalities impact our ability to make the right lifestyle choices and what we can do to change that.

Sonal Mehta - Director/Founder Catalyst Health Solutions & VCSE Partnership Lead – Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System. Through her involvement, Sonal supports collaborative action on health inequalities while also creating strategic partnerships between the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and the health and care systems.


Ageing Well public talk series: Ways to exercise while still having fun

Wednesday 14 June 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

How do we build a strong and resilient musculoskeletal system and how can we have fun at the same time? Dr Jackie Richards will talk to us about dance and what are the benefits of dancing. What is creative dance and where can it take us?  Dave Curry will share with us his journey of walks combined with his passion for travelling. We will explore how to exercise well and enough but how can we also make it fun.

Dr Jackie Richards- Advisor and Older Dancer, she has founded and managed a local creative dance organisation, regularly attends ballet, contemporary and creative dance sessions and danced in a variety of public performances and She advises several organisations concerned with ageing, adult learning, language, stereotyping. Jackie’s work is encouraging active lives, new friendships, more community involvement and Health & Wellbeing.

David Curry Diabetes UK Service Champion, Middle Aged Old Goat (MAOG) The motto David lives by comes from Voltaire (French Philosopher) - “I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health “.


From CV miss to CV hit - live workshop

Wednesday 5 July 2023: 13:00 to 14:00

Online

This practical online workshop will help give your CV a boost! We'll give you the tools to see why recruiters say ‘yes’ to some CVs and 'no' to others. We’ll critique elements of a CV so that you can apply what you have learnt to your own. Discover ways to tailor your CV and make an impact to give your CV it’s best chance to make it to the top of the right pile.

These sessions are a safe space to share and discuss with other students or just to listen. There are no required participation elements, and the session will not be recorded. We hope you’ll join us.


Discover your goals: your first step - live workshop

Tuesday 11 July 2023: 13:30 to 14:30

Online

Want to use your study to change your life but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. We can help you DISCOVER what you need to and decide what to do next.

Take a look at the OpportunityHub event page for alternative dates and times this workshop is running.


Ageing Well public talk series: Ageing, later life and caring in LGBTQ communitites

Wednesday 12 July 2023: 11:00 to 13:00

Online / webcast

The LGBTQ+ community is aging like other communities but are there different issues?  In this talk Dr Joe DeLappe and Tony Collins-Moore will explore what is the appropriate way to support the LGBTQ+ community to age well and how caring can work from an alternative family dynamic perspective.

Tony Collins-MooreCarers Wellbeing Academy Manager, Carers Centre Tower Hamlets. Tony describes himself as advocate or & safeguarding champion, husband, animal lover, honest, fun & life loving man.

Dr Joseph DeLappe– Research Associate, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University. Joe works on a range of health, wellbeing, and social care projects at the OU. His own research interests include health inequalities for LGBTQ+ populations, particularly as they age.


Curb your interview nerves - live workshop

Wednesday 19 July 2023: 12:30 to 13:30

Online

Succeeding at a job interview can take time and preparation. If you are looking to build your interview confidence this is a session for you. As more and more employers carry out interviews online, find out the best way to prepare, how to ace your answers and build your confidence through practice with the brand-new Interview360 tool.

Please note that as this is a live interactive workshop it will not be recorded.