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.


The OUDES committee members are dedicated to running a fair and ethical society

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.

Andrea Berardi (Liason Officer)


Andrea Berardi 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.

Keiron Lock-Lawton (Committee member)


Keiron Lock-Lawton is a Curriculum Manager at The Open University, looking after environment modules, he has been working at the university since 2014. 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.

Hyacinth Richards (Committee member)


Hyacinth Richards 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 Member)


Dana Moldoveanu 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.

Adam Carnie (Communications officer)


Adam Carnie is currently studying BSc (Honours) Environmental Science at the Open University. He’s a hard-core environmentalist with active interests in global pollution, IUCN, ESA, NASA, SpaceX wildlife conservation, geology and planetary atmospheres. He also volunteers for Green Spaces – Lincoln City Council.


Teresa Cox (Committee member)

Hello, I’m Teresa Cox, I support a number of Qualifications which include Undergraduate Environmental Management and Technology and Postgraduate Environmental Management.

I have been a keen advocate for the Environment for as long as I remember. In previous years I headed large fund raising events for Friends of the Earth Save the Rainforest Campaign, I 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 etc.


I am very committed with leading a low impact lifestyle, I’ve been a lifelong vegetarian, I am very interested in permaculture and currently run a local gardening group which promotes organic gardening and composting etc.  I actively follow development with renewables, at home I’ve solar panels and drive an electric car.

I feel very privileged to work at The Open University supporting the Environment curriculum.

Ruth Hennell (Social media officer)

Ruth is a transfer student to the OU, doing an Open degree. She is has been active with Student Action for Refugees, refugee organisation and activism projects and has blogged for climate squad. She went to the international people’s college in Denmark where she became more interested in the interaction of environment and society. She loves Social Media and looks forward to interacting with you all.

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