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WELS is nationally and internationally known for its excellence in research into education (including in international development contexts), childhood studies, developmental psychology, languages, applied linguistics, sports, health, well-being and social care. We have a strong multidisciplinary focus and a distinctive record of developing innovative methodological approaches to research.

Through engagement with practitioners, policy-makers, service users and the wider academy, our research activity is at the heart of our core mission: to transform lives and enable social mobility and justice by inspiring professionals to apply learning gained in an academic context. Our research underpins and informs all of our teaching and provides a springboard for public engagement and knowledge transfer.

The faculty hosts the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), one of the leading education research units in the UK, which is also respected internationally as a centre of excellence. We undertake outward-looking collaborative research with learners and those who support them, which has a beneficial impact on learning practices, policies and public debates.

Our research is funded by UK Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the European Union (Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+), the Department for International Development, the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, approximately 70% of our research submitted to the panel of experts in Social Work and Social Policy and to the Education panel was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Our research environment in the area of education was assessed as 100% at 4* level.

For more information on our research, follow the links on the right, take a look at the CREET website and Research in HWSC.

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Jul 18

Death and Dying Seminar Series: Death and the Moving Image

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 -

14:30 to 16:30

Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Aug 15

Death and Dying Seminar Series: Palliative Care in New Zealand

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -

14:30 to 16:30

Chistodoulou Meeting Room 11, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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