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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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Can we talk about End-of-life planning?

A new BBC Ideas film, created with input from WELS academic Dr Erica Borgstrom, looks at how and why to draw up and end-of-life plan.

6th April 2021

How we speak about a place matters more than you might think

Red brick residential buildings are shown in a state of dereliction, with boarded up windows.Do the labels we (and the media) assign to towns, cities or regions have wider consequences for structural inequality?

25th March 2021

Can digital picture books support children's literary development?

Digital picture books have become increasingly popular with children and parents but how do digital books perform in comparison with traditional print versions in supporting children’s learning development?

24th March 2021

A dream sailed away, makes way for social care solace

Photograph of OU Social Work student Natalie Pither accompanied by her two childrenWhen Natalie’s medical discharge ended a seven-year stint serving as a skilled Operator Maintainer on Type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy – her dream job – she developed an aspiration to follow a new career path in social care.

9th March 2021

Women in WELS: Challenging the Status Quo

We caught up with WELS academics Dr Jenny Douglas, Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, and Kate Lister, Lecturer in Education Studies, to hear more about their personal experiences of gender bias in academia and to find out how being a woman in research has impacted their career in a positive way.

5th March 2021

Zambian teacher training project thrives during pandemic

By changing the way teachers access learning materials and taking advance of smartphone technology, OU Zambian teacher training project ZEST is emerging from the pandemic stronger, and potentially more sustainable.

3rd March 2021

WELS leads community education in Zimbabwe during COVID-19

A young, black African girl sits on a step outside writing in a note book.Research conducted by WELS colleagues during the pandemic-enforced school closures in Zimbabwe explores the complexities of remote learning for many children in low-income countries who are offline.

24th February 2021

An inspired journey for social worker Karon

Photograph of social worker Karon ReidHeartened by her mother’s career in social work, Karon sets out to advocate for positive change.

24th February 2021

A path forward for social care and social work

 The path forward for social care in England report coverA panel of experts have come together to discuss the findings of a new report published by The Open University.  The report, The path forward for social care in England, is based on a survey of 500 leaders from across adult social care and social work, and culminates in five recommendations for the future of the sector in England.

16th February 2021

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