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Improving the experience of witnesses in health and care professional practice proceedings

In a world first, researchers, including Professor Louise Wallace (Co-Principal Investigator) from the WELS School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, have been funded to study the experience of witnesses who give evidence in professional conduct hearings about care provided by health and social care professionals.

30th November 2021
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Bridging the gap between science and ‘me’

With a background in Natural Sciences, Tom Witney found himself with a career dilemma: Should he ‘do Science’ or ‘do stuff about Science’? Having already undertaken an OU graduate conversion course in Psychology, Tom saw an OU PhD studentship advertised and recognised the name of the team leader as a Professor he’d cited in his dissertation. The stars seemed to be aligning and four years later he submitted his thesis.

25th November 2021
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TIDE wins award for Open Collaboration

The Open University’s TIDE project (Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education) has won the 2021 Open Practices Awards (Open Collaboration category) of the Open Education Awards for Excellence. 

12th November 2021
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Top tips for your first TMA: Advice from WELS Tutors

For many OU students the thought of a TMA, or Tutor Marked Assignment, fills them with dread. To help you overcome those fears, and kick start your assignment writing, we spoke to several WELS Tutors to get their top tips for writing essay-style TMAs.

3rd November 2021
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A flexible new approach to developing advanced clinical practitioners

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and the OU are working in partnership to develop healthcare professionals to become Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs). Educated to Master’s level, these experienced professionals can take on greater responsibility when managing complex patient care within their scope of practice.

3rd November 2021
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Celebrating innovation at this year’s Reading for Pleasure Awards

The winners of The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Awards 2021, in association with The Open University and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), were announced on Thursday 21 October.

2nd November 2021
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Sarah followed in her dad’s footsteps and found her purpose studying with WELS

OU Students Association President, Sarah Jones, is currently studying for her Masters in Education with WELS. Here, she shares with us how studying with the OU has changed her life, built her confidence and allowed her to follow in her father’s footsteps.

20th October 2021
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WELS Teaching Excellence, Student and Tutor Awards 2021

The winners of this year’s WELS Student, Tutor and Teaching Excellence Awards were announced at the virtual WELS Teaching Excellence Day on Tuesday 5 October. In total, 21 awards were made across the three categories.

6th October 2021
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WELS Teaching Excellence Awards 2021

The WELS Teaching Excellence Awards seek to recognise outstanding teaching that promotes our students’ success. In 2020 and 2021, many projects and programmes had to adapt rapidly and creatively to challenges posed by pandemic restrictions and the way our colleagues have embraced and boldly addressed these challenges is reflected in three nominations that stood out from the crowd and were presented with awards.

6th October 2021
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WELS Student Awards 2021 – meet the winners

Every year, the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) recognises students for their achievements through the WELS Student Awards. This year another eight talented students received awards in two categories, in a recent virtual ceremony.

6th October 2021

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