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Welcome to the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Organised as three Schools, the Faculty works across a range of disciplines including Education, Childhood and Youth, Health and Social Care, Youth Work, Social Work, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Nursing, and Sport and Fitness. We take an innovative approach to teaching and learning, developing collaborative partnerships with employers and other institutions, and engaging in cutting-edge, action-oriented and internationally recognised research.

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The Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies offers 17 undergraduate and five postgraduate degrees as well as a wide range of certificates and diplomas, across nine subject areas in the fields of health and social care, education, sport and fitness, and languages and applied linguistics. We also offer short courses in languages and international culture, and apprenticeships in the key areas of nursing, advanced clinical practice, and social work. Our qualifications are developed by practice-based experts, including teachers and health care professionals, and informed by our internationally recognised and award-winning research.

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Our research

The key focus of our research is enabling communities to realise their potential, lead healthy, fulfilling lives, create inclusive societies, and thrive in the context of global change and uncertainty. Driven by the OU’s social mission, and inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, our research covers the span of life from the cradle to the grave. A key characteristic of our research is its interdisciplinary and practice-based approach. We harness the expertise and insight of our diverse research specialisms to help support change and impact policy, not just across the Four Nations, but also further afield in our global development work

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WELS news

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Innovative teachers receive awards for Reading for Pleasure

The winners of The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2022, in association with The Open University’s Reading for Pleasure Community Coalition and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), were announced on 1 October 2022. This year’s entries saw teachers at schools across the length and breadth of the UK united in a mission to get children and their families reading.

3rd October 2022
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Dr Philippa Waterhouse wins the Postgraduate Researcher Supervisor Award at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards

Dr Philippa Waterhouse has won the award for Postgraduate Research (PGR) Supervisor at The Open University’s third annual Research Excellence Awards held last week in London. Philippa has been recognised for the outstanding support and leadership she has provided.

3rd October 2022
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WELS Researcher Dr Erica Seruset Borgstrom announced winner of the Early Career Researcher Award at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards

Now in its third year, the Research Excellence Awards celebrates and recognises the achievement of research at The Open University. Among the winners was Dr Erica Seruset Borgstrom, winner of the Early Career Researcher award for her research into death and dying. 

3rd October 2022
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WELS researchers win at The Open University Research Excellence Awards

Now in its third year, researchers at the Faculty of WELS walked away as winners and runner ups at The Open University’s annual Research Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievement of the university’s research environment and WELS were no exception.

30th September 2022
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