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Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM

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The more minds we have on the problems, the sooner we'll solve global challenges

We’re all waiting for breakthroughs in cleaner energy and medicine. Yet the shortage of experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) threatens progress. Only 13% of STEM professionals are women, wasting potential and fuelling the skills shortage. Many women capable of becoming tomorrow’s innovators cannot spend time (or money) in education, away from their jobs and families.

The Open University’s STEM courses allow everyone to study at home, at their own pace, using advanced technology. Our innovative OpenScience Laboratory gives students remote access to instruments, such as telescopes and microscopes, from anywhere with an internet connection, so they gain the skills to succeed. Yet, for more women to actually enter STEM courses, even more new thinking is needed.

Financial hurdles are still too great for too many. With your support, we will create new scholarships specifically for talented women, empowering them to become STEM experts. The more brains we have ready to deliver the breakthroughs the world needs, the quicker they will happen.

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Changing lives through education and more

Our research and education projects bring immeasurable benefits to so many lives, and we rely on the generosity of our donors for all of them. We’re already making a difference worldwide – but we have the potential to do even more. Each of our projects falls into one of four strands; opening up minds, opportunities, thinking and lives. 

Opportunities
Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans
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Lives
Join a movement of millions
Females studying at desk
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Opportunities
Scholarships that defy expectations
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Thinking
Sniffing out cancer
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Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
Looking at the OpenLearn website on a tablet
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Opportunities
Rewriting the future, blink by blink
Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
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Thinking
A helping paw
Dog in training session
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Thinking
Helping stroke survivors walk tall
Prototype haptic bracelet
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Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
Pupils in classroom in India
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Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
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Minds
Sharing 50 years of education
Professor Wilson tutoring with The Open University
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Lives
Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
Smiling mother carrying baby in Africa
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Opportunities
Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
Female science researcher with lab equipment at The Open University
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Lives
Creating an education revolution
Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
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Minds
Building a fairer justice system
Model of human brain
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Thinking
Helping people with dementia stay independent
Retail worker advising older customer
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