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Research centres

Research within the faculty is undertaken within the following centres:

Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)

Our research aims to be centred in the experience and aspirations of older people. This includes involving older people in various ways as research partners and advisors.

Children and young people

Child and Youth Studies Group

The group draws on a range of approaches and research methodologies, including developmental psychology, childhood studies, sociology, anthropology, ethnography, cultural studies and cultural geography. We encompass studies of children's and young people's experiences, representations, learning, development, inclusion and social participation.

Young researchers

Children's Research Centre

We draw upon a range of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches to evaluate whether and how children and young people can benefit from designing, implementing and sharing findings from their own research into areas that interest them. Our central concern is to critically evaluate whether giving young people an opportunity to be researchers in their own right can foster their participation in society.

The home of CREET

CREET Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technologies

CREET is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary centre of excellence for educational research. We undertake innovative, outward-looking participatory and collaborative research with learners (and those who support them) to secure beneficial impact on learning theory, practices, policies and public debates.

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Health & Wellbeing Research

Research in health and wellbeing is one of the University’s priority research areas and is strategically important within all of the University’s Faculties and Units. We conduct research across various disciplines and areas including healthcare management, ageing studies, reproductive and sexual rights, assistive technologies, patient data management, mental health and biological health sciences.

Young people with LLTCs

Sexuality Alliance (SALLY Group)

The Sexuality Alliance is a partnership including Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for children and young adults with life-limiting, life threatening conditions (LLTCs), other nationally renowned charities, service users, lawyers, academics and public sector organisations in the UK. We are working to ensure that people with life-limiting conditions are able to live fuller lives.

Going in and getting out after 20 years. By Kevin Chettle

Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD)

We are committed to researching and disseminating learning disability history in ways which are inclusive of people with learning disabilities, their carers, relatives and advocates. At the heart of our approach is a recognition that people with learning disabilities are experts on their own lives, and have historical knowledge, viewpoints and skills to contribute.

Research enquiries

email: WELS-Research-Admin@open.ac.uk

general enquiries phone: +44(0)1908 654359
student enquiries phone: +44(0)1908 652083

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