The PodMag is a monthly download from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Whilst the tone is definitely light-hearted there is serious content including interviews with leading academic members, TMA advice, reports from conferences and all the latest news about the Student Connections conference.

July 2017

In this edition we focus on some of our new modules that will be available to study for the first time this September.

June 2017

In this edition we focus on OU BBC co-productions. The Met and Crossrail are available on BBC i-player and content for LGBT History month which is in July this year. You may know that we have nominated OU academics who work with the production teams on co-produced programmes we talk to Louise Westmarland, George Revill and Jacqui Gabb about their involvement in each programme.

May 2017

May’s Podmag focusses on the MA in Philosophy. We hear from the academics involved and what they contributed to the course, in addition to their research interests – a fascinating edition.

PodMag April 2017

This month we talk to Alan Shipman who tells us about 'Brexiting: Why, How and Where Now?' a live event on the 3rd May. Then we interview Chris Williams about the Showcase event on the 16th May – a fantastic opportunity to find out about new modules from the faculty. Andreas Vossler has been involved with many of these events and he fills us in on why they are so useful and what his module team are hoping to get out of the showcase. We also talk to Selena Killick, the new Senior Library manager for FASS, about what students and staff will find most useful about her new role!

PodMag March 2017

In this edition Karen looks at the Open University in Scotland and interviews Khadija Patel about an exciting partnership with the OU, Rolls Royce and Unite the Union, Pete Cannell about Open educational resources and how these are being used to transition learners into higher education and Gill Ryan who talks about how these resources are being used to target hard to reach potential students to widen participation in further education.

Podmag February 2017

In this February edition of the PodMag we’re focusing on OU Students, in particular the Students Association. We take a look at some of the ways that students can be involved in policy and feedback, and also talk about some of the ways that you can get involved if you’re an OU student.

Podmag January 2017

In this edition we’re focusing on the American Presidential Election. Karen asks Richard Heffernan, Agnes Czajka and William Brown about their thoughts on this as a democratic process and a skilled tactical political campaign and about how Trump as President may fare as leader within an international context.

Podmag December 2016

The December Podmag focuses on human rights. Karen Foley interviews Dr Meg-John Barker about sexual orientation and gender identity, and Professor Marie Gillespie on child refugees. Useful resources -,_immigration,_nationality

Podmag November 2016

In the November edition of the Podmag, we are introduced to several members of the Department of Religious Studies. Karen Foley interviews Professor Graham Harvey, Professor Gwilym Beckerlegge and Dr Paul-Francois Tremlett about three religious festivals which occur around this time of year – Halloween, Diwali and Christmas.

PodMag October 2016

This edition focuses on some exciting new modules currently in development. We hear from Paul Lawrence about the innovative new Level 2 History module on the birth of modern Britain, Helen Kaye talks about the new 3rd level Psychology module where students can undertake their own research, and Catriona Havard tells us about the exciting 3rd level interdisciplinary counselling and forensic psychology module first being presented in October 2017.