The Open University Development and Environment Society

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OUDES champions the causes of its members, providing expertise, resources and marketing support.

#OUdivest The campaign to get the OU to divest from fossil fuels and invest in more ethical options.
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Open University Development and Environment Society
OUDES is open to all Open University students and alumni.

Supporting students and alumni in promoting protection of the environment, poverty reduction and defence of human rights.

The Society was set up by a group of students who got on well during the fourth week of Summer School during the first year of U204 (Third World Development Studies) back in 1984. They held committee meetings in a smoky bar at Euston Station as most members came from North of London. We have now grown to an active community of over 800 members, promoting international development, environment and human rights, supporting students and alumni, encouraging discussion.

Meet the TEAM

Shane Kelly (Chair)


Shane is a recent graduate of Engineering, specialising in ‘Designing for a sustainable future’.

He is currently chair of two Open University societies, the OU Development and Environment society and the OU branch of Engineers without borders. He is a passionate environmentalist and volunteers for local community action groups educating people about ways to reduce their energy use and encourage the use of renewable technologies.



Adam Carnie (Vice Chair)


Adam is currently studying BSc (Honours) Environmental Science at the Open University.

He’s a hard-core environmentalist with active interests in IUCN, ESA, NASA, SpaceX, wildlife conservation, geology and planetary atmospheres. He also volunteers multiple different organisations.



Andrea Berardi (Liason Officer)


Andrea has been a lecturer at The Open University since 2002 supporting environment degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He initially became involved with OUDES as a tutor during one of its revision weekends, and then took up various roles within its organising committee. Andrea is currently the ‘liaison officer’ between OUDES and OU academics/support staff, but is also actively involved in OUDES campaigns such as #OUDivest.



Cami (Treasurer)


Cami is studying towards a BSc in Environmental Sciences.

Cami is passionate about sustainably managing the environment and creating a society that benefits all species. When not studying or working, they are creating maps with GIS for the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre, driving injured hedgehogs around or at the cinema.



Keiron Lock-Lawton (Committee)


Keiron has been a Curriculum Manager at The Open University since 2014, looking after environment modules.

He is a Geography graduate, with a previous employment history in aviation before joining the OU. He has a personal interest in the environment , renewable energy and development.



Teresa Cox (Committee)

Teresa supports a number of qualifications which include undergraduate environmental management and technology, and postgraduate environmental management.

Teresa is a keen advocate for the environment. In previous years she has headed large fundraising events for Friends of the Earth, Save the Rainforest Campaign. She also played an active role for Transition Wolverton which included inviting Caroline Lucas to talk and organising a low carbon event inviting local companies to demo energy saving initiatives and renewables.

Teresa is very committed with leading a low impact lifestyle, having been a lifelong vegetarian, she is very interested in permaculture and currently runs a local gardening group which promotes organic gardening and composting. She actively follows development with renewables, including recently installed solar panels and a proud owner of an electric car.

Teresa feels very privileged to work at The Open University supporting the environment curriculum.



Hyacinth Richards (Committee)

Hyacinth is a recent BSc (Hons) Open Graduate of the Open University in a range of subjects, including Environment.

Throughout her period of study with the University and wish to advance to MSc in the short term. Long work experience in the commercial world and currently a Committee Member of the Open University Development and Environment Society (OUDES). Maintains a keen interest in the environment and ways to reduce consumption generally in the interest of all.



Dana Moldoveanu (Committee)


Dana is a coaching psychologist living in Luxembourg.

Her vision is to sustain people in going further then looking for personal success and act as social change partners in sustainable social and environmental initiatives and help the communities in which they spend their lives to create a better future for the generations to come.


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