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2017 August Newsletter

As the enrolment date fast approaches, our latest edition of the PodMag focuses on another three new modules available from October: A227 Exploring religion, A329 The making of Welsh history and A344 Art and its global histories.

If you’re still undecided as to which module to register for then Karen Foley’s interviews may help you choose.

To listen to the full edition, please click here.

2017 July Newsletter

This month we focus on some of the new modules that will be available for the first time this Autumn.  Karen Foley speaks to Dr Stephanie Taylor, Dr Catriona Havard, Dr Kesi Mahendran and Dr Siobhan Campbell to find out about these new modules: DD317, DD310, DD801 and A803.

To listen to the full edition, please click here.

2017 June Newsletter

In this edition of our Podmag we focus on recent OU/BBC co-production television programmes which include The Met, Crossrail and Prejudice and Pride: the people’s history of LGBTQ Britain. Both The Met and Crossrail are available on iPlayer and Prejudice and Pride will be televised in July.

Karen Foley caught up with Louise Westmarland, George Revill and Jacqui Gabb about their involvement as our nominated academics with the production of the programmes.

To listen to the full edition (approx. 17 minutes) click here.

2017 May Newsletter

This month’s Podmag will be focusing on the new MA in Philosophy which is a 2 year taught programme.

Karen Foley talks to 3 module team members, Dr Carolyn Price, Dr Jon Pike and Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, about their involvement in the programme. They also spend time telling us a little bit about their own areas of research.

To listen to the full edition (approx. 20 minutes) click here.

2017 April Newsletter

This month’s Podmag focuses on the exciting Live Events we have coming up in May. Karen Foley talks to Alan Shipman about the first event being held on 3rd May - ‘Brexiting: Why, How and Where Now?’. Chris Williams tell us about the Showcase Event on the 16th May which is a fantastic opportunity to find out about the new FASS modules available in 2017J. We also hear from Andreas Vossler who explains his involvement in the Showcase Event.

To listen to the full edition (approx. 17 minutes) click here.

2017 March Newsletter

This month’s Podmag focuses on the Open University in Scotland (OUiS) and the work they do with employers, unions, charities and voluntary sector groups, to name a few.  Karen Foley talks to Khadija Patel, Learning Partnerships Officer, about the exciting partnerships between the OU, Rolls Royce and Unite the Union.  Dr Peter Cannell tells us about Open Educational Resources and how these are being used to transition learners into Higher Education.

2017 February Newsletter

In the February edition we focus on OU students, in particular, the Open University Students Association. We hear from Cath Brown, Stephanie Stubbins, and Cinnomen McGuigan, explaining the variety of ways students can be involved and the benefits of being part of the OU student community.

2017 January Newsletter

As we approach the inauguration of Donald Trump, the January edition focusses on the American Presidential election. We hear from Richard Heffernan, Agnes Czajka and William Brown about their thoughts in terms of the election as a democratic process, the nature of the campaign and about how Trump, as President, may fair as leader within an international context.

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December Newsletter

This edition focuses on human rights. Karen Foley interviews Dr Meg-John Barker about sexual orientation and gender identity and Professor Marie Gillespie on child refugees.

November Newsletter

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

October Newsletter

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.

September Newsletter

This edition of the PodMag focuses on starting to study, either for the first time or beginning a new module. We hear from Georgina Blakeley about her top tips for studying, Alison Green talks about the merger between Arts and Social Sciences, and Nicky Harlow talks about how essays are marked, and what advice she has for students as a writer.

June Newsletter

This special edition of the PodMag focuses on the Centre for Citizenship Identity and Governance (CCIG). Karen interviews Director Elizabeth Silva about CCIG, Paul Stenner and Naomi Moller about the Psychosocial research programme, Liz McFall about the Digital Citizens research programme, and Peter Wood about dissemination of CCIG’s work.

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