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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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OU experts to deliver youth training for Commonwealth governments

A team of academics from the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) have been awarded £60k from the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a youth training programme for stakeholders across 54 member countries of the Commonwealth.

18th May 2022
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OU launches world’s first Online Confucius Institute

The OU has launched the world’s first Online Confucius Institute (OCI) in partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). Housed within the WELS School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, the OCI is a non-profit educational partnership between the OU and BFSU.

12th May 2022
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OU Reading for Pleasure Celebrates Fifth Anniversary!

The Reading for Pleasure coalition is celebrating five years of incredible growth and successful social justice-driven projects and initiatives. It is estimated that the OU RfP research has influenced the reading lives of over 180,000 children.

12th May 2022
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HWSC researchers win grant to explore ‘relational care’ in care homes and community-based settings

Researchers in the OU’s School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care have received a grant from the Hallmark Foundation, a charity that invests in the future of care, to work together to further explore the concept of ‘relational care’ and how it can successfully be delivered in UK adult care settings with a focus on older adults.

10th May 2022
Ros Moore, OU Associate Lecturer in Nursing and former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland says: "My work as an OU Associate Lecturer for nursing has not only allowed me to stay at the cutting edge of educational practice, but it has kept me at the forefront of nurse education, supporting students on different routes into nursing."

Meet the WELS ALs: Ros Moore

As we approach International Nurses’ Day, we spoke to Ros Moore, Associate Lecturer on our Nursing qualifications, and a former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland about her career, and why she chose to move into Nursing education.

5th May 2022
elderly couple sitting at a table at home, using a Virtual Assistant

WELS researcher provides evidence in call for boost to life-enhancing technologies

WELS Research Fellow, Dr Hannah R. Marston, has provided evidence in a recently published report on the need for more life-enhancing technologies for disabled and older people.

4th May 2022
A young girl from the Lake Chad area is taking a photograph. Her face is obscured by the camera and she's wearing a green and white hijab

The voices of the children of Lake Chad come to the OU

A series of images and reflections taken by children and young people from the crisis-hit region of Lake Chad will be displayed at The Open University on 27 May. The exhibition offers critical reflection into how participatory photography can facilitate their participation in decision-making around the issues that directly affect their lives.

3rd May 2022
Title image- says Learning on Screen Awards 2022- Nominees Announced

WELS tops Learning on Screen nominations

The Learning on Screen Awards showcase the best in educational film and television, and this year the Faculty of WELS have six nominations from the seven OU films represented. 

28th April 2022

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May 27

Exhibition: Muriyan Yaran Lake Chad

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 12:30 to 14:30

Hub Theatre, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Dr Margaret Ebubedike

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