Welcome to the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Prof Nicholas Braithwaite, Executive Dean 

We aspire to be world leaders in inclusive, innovative and impactful STEM teaching and research. Our vibrant research community are active at the frontiers of knowledge in several areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Through collaboration with a wide range of partners we drive innovation, shape policy and practice, and change lives for the better throughout the UK and around the world.

 Prof Nicholas Braithwaite, Executive Dean


Schools and Institute

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Computing and Communications

The School leads and shapes the digital revolution through delivering innovative and dynamic teaching that is relevant to the workplace, and is founded on world-class research and scholarship in computing and communications.

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Engineering and Innovation

The School leads the OU’s teaching in Engineering, Design, Technology & Innovation Management, Systems Thinking and Environmental Management and has highly rated Design and Materials Engineering research (REF2014).

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Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

The School is renowned for its interdisciplinary research and teaching methods, enhancing our understanding of past and present Earth and environmental systems interactions, and promoting positive actions for a sustainable future.

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Life, Health and Chemical Sciences

Leading research and teaching across the broad discipline areas: Brain & Behavioural Sciences; Cell & Molecular Biology; Chemistry & Analytical Sciences and Human Biology.

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Mathematics and Statistics

The School’s research in mathematics and statistics fuels innovation in industry, medicine and public health.

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Physical Sciences

World-leading research and teaching in Astronomy, Physics, and Planetary & Space Sciences.

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Knowledge Media Institute

KMi is at the forefront of research and development in: Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies, and Multimedia.




Meet our Academics

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In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.

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