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ECYS receives internationally recognised award for gender-equality work

The WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has been recognised with an Athena Swan Departmental Bronze Award for its work to promote gender equality.

19th July 2022
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‘Groundbreaking’ research among WELS projects nominated for 10 Research Excellence Awards

Research by WELS academics has resulted in 10 nominations at this year’s Open University Research Excellence Awards, including a project heralded as ‘groundbreaking’ by Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE.

15th July 2022
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Studying through the menopause and winning awards – Jacqui’s journey with WELS

OU students face many life challenges throughout their studies, and for WELS graduate Jacqui Ross hers came in the form of the menopause. She tells us how she navigated her way through the transition, as well as about her award-winning voluntary work and plans for what to study next. 

12th July 2022

Associate Lecturer Dr Katharine Jewitt joins Digital Schools Company

Dr Katharine Jewitt, Associate Lecturer, will be supporting Digital Schools to guide and implement its ongoing strategy to promote digital skills at nursery, primary, special education and secondary level.

12th July 2022
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ECYS research used to develop innovative new reading app for children

Research by the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has been used to create an innovative new reading app.

11th July 2022
RCN Nursing Awards 2022 finalist, Jade Wareham

WELS student nominated for Royal College of Nursing award

WELS Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship student, Jade Wareham, has been nominated for a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Student Award.

1st July 2022
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International Father’s Mental Health Day: a reflection

Monday 20 June is International Father’s Mental Health Day, and its timing – directly following Father’s Day – is no coincidence. Dr Martin Robb, a Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Senior Lecturer specialising in Fatherhood and Masculinity, explains why this event is equally as important, if perhaps not more so. 

16th June 2022
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LAL courses featured in support package to help Ukraine

The WELS School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) has contributed to an OU support package for Ukrainian refugees, which aims to help those affected by the war settle into their new homes in the UK and Ireland.

1st June 2022
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WELS-led research wins funding to address gender inequality in education

Kristina Hultgren, WELS Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, has been awarded £100,000 towards her study of the role English-medium education plays in gender inequality within low and middle-income nations.

20th May 2022

REF 2021 recognises 82% of OU research impact as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The Open University (OU)’s commitment to research and societal impact is recognised today (Thursday 12 May), with 82% of its research impact assessed to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

19th May 2022

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