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Emeritus Professor of Education, Bob Moon awarded a CBE

OU's Emeritus Professor of Education, Bob Moon, was awarded a CBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his pioneering work in teacher education in developing countries. Bob, who joined the OU in 1987, was instrumental in introducing teacher education and training. He set up the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme, benefitting millions of teachers in Africa. 

4th July 2018

The NHS: A People's History - a new OU/BBC series

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS, The NHS: A People’s History is a three-part series presented by Alex Brooker and tells the story of the NHS through the voices of the people whose lives it has affected, from its birth in 1948 to the present day. Starts on 2nd July 2018 at 9pm on BBC4.

3rd July 2018

New book published by WELS academics

We are very pleased to announce that the book entitled "Innovative language teaching and learning at university: integrating informal learning into formal language education", edited by Fernando Rosell-Aguilar, Tita Beaven, and Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez is now released; it is freely available online, and purchasable as a paperback.

5th June 2018
Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
Dr Hannah Marston and her book Mobile e-Health

Book published and Keynote presentations in 2018

2018 seems to be turning into a busy year for Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (H&W PRA). Hannah has recently published Mobile e-Health with colleagues from Swansea University and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; and Hannah will be a keynote presenter at two conferences this year.

10th January 2018

Improving wellbeing through digital games

Dr Hannah R. Marson, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, and organiser of the upcoming Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, was interviewed by to discuss how research using digital games and associated technologies has been investigated in the area of health and wellbeing. Read the full article: Technology and Gaming for the Elderly: Improving Wellbeing.

20th November 2017
Victoria Cumming, recipient of the Andrew Cornell Award 2017

WELS student wins Andrew Cornwell Award 2017

Victoria Cumming received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work and was also given the Andrew Cornwell Award 2017 for the highest-performing graduate in the social work programme at the Open University's degree ceremony in Edinburgh on Saturday 28th October 2017. Full story

6th November 2017

Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Social Work – expressions of interest open until 21st September

Our new PG Diploma in Social Work enables employers to tap into the talent in their graduate social care workforce to develop vitally needed qualified social workers.  With our new PG Diploma, relevant graduates with experience of social care will be supported to qualify as social workers in just 18 months.
8th September 2017

The OU sponsors Apprentice of the Year at Our Health Heroes Award

“The OU is working with employers in the sector to ensure the new wave of higher and degree apprentices will be the future leaders and practitioners so desperately needed to ensure a high-quality experience for patients/service users.” David Willett, Director of Corporate Sales

17th July 2017

Addicted Parents: Last Chance to Keep My Children

New OU/BBC series starts 18 July BBC2 at 9pm

This is the story of the only family rehab in the UK, where children live with addicted parents as they recover. They have 6 months to get clean, or they will lose their children for good. This rehab believes these parents deserve a second chance with 79% of families completing the programme.

17th July 2017

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