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A young boy sits on a woman's lap, nestled into her chest. He is staring sadly into the camera, she has her cheek resting on the top of his head.

Study aims to provide greater support to families with a loved one in prison

Enhancement of the support currently offered to families with a parent or primary carer in prison is the goal of the ‘Families First’ project, a two-year study led by the OU's Children’s Research Centre, in partnership with charity YSS.

22nd June 2021
Portrait of OU Education Studies student Aimee Durning. She sits in a meadow garden outside her school.

Education Studies student awarded MBE

Second year Education Studies (Primary) student Aimee has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her work with children with special educational needs and disabilities through the Covid crisis as well as services to teaching assistants.

17th June 2021
A black woman in her 30s/40s sits at an office desk looking at a laptop screen. Overlaid are the logs of the OU, Commonwealth of Learning and TESSA.

TESSA/Commonwealth of Learning collaboration supports Inclusive Education

Building on a partnership that delivered the hugely successful Pan Commonwealth Forum (PCF9) in Edinburgh in 2019, two MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were developed by WELS colleagues to support the professional development of inclusive education for teachers and teacher educators in Africa.

16th June 2021
'Head and shoulders' portrait of MA Education student Marielle. She is wearing a pink sweater and smiling at the camera.

Marielle masters applied linguistics

Marielle began study on the Applied Linguistics pathway of the OU Masters in Education whilst living in Spain and working as a private language tutor. The timing - and the course - could not have been more perfect for her, as she explains here.

11th June 2021
A young (junior aged) girl in a green top looks at the camera, holding open a book. She is standing beside a stand advertising the Morrison's Children's Little Library.

OU research shapes Morrisons' new children's book initiative

National supermarket chain Morrisons, working in conjunction with the Reading for Pleasure project has launched a book donation and exchange station for children, in its stores across the UK. The Morrisons Children’s Little Library aims to promote reading and literacy in children, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

1st June 2021
A male student wearing a face mask sits at a laptop in a library. A woman (out of focus) looks through books in the background.

COVID-19 research showcase highlights work of WELS Academics

Academics from WELS will present their work next week at the “OU COVID-19 Research: Online Learning and Education” seminar. The event showcases OU-funded projects which have aimed to improve and support aspects of online learning and education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

18th May 2021
Young person talking to a counsellor in a university office.

OU partners to embed mental wellbeing in HE

The OU is collaborating with De Montfort and other UK universities in a study to identify best practice for the Higher Education sector on ‘embedding mental wellbeing’ in the curriculum.

13th May 2021
Tryptych-sytle image showing OU nursing students and graduates Lisa Blake, Paul Gardner-Smith and Solomon Jones

On International Nurses Day: Be inspired by OU Nurses

On International Nurses Day we hear from OU nursing students and graduates who have taken opportunities offered by the pandemic to diversity their skills and experience.

11th May 2021
Image shows portraits, side-by-side of (L-R) Professor Rebecca Ferguson, Professor Kristina Hultgren, Professor Peter Keogh, Professor Joan Simons

WELS welcomes four new Professors

Four academics from the Faculty of WELS have been promoted to Professor. Find out more about them and their work. 

21st April 2021
Logo of World Health Day - bright mid-blue background with overlaid text reading, "Hello. It's World Health Day. It's time to build a fairer, healthier world for everyone, everywhere."

World Health Day 2021: Building a fairer, healthier world

To mark World Health Day, we spoke to several academics from across the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies (WELS) to hear their thoughts on this year’s campaign theme of ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ and find out how their own work is feeding into the WHO's call for global leaders to work together to tackle inequities in order to “build back fairer” post-pandemic.

6th April 2021

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