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WELS Tutor Awards

Every year the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) recognises students and projects that have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. This year, for the first time, the WELS Tutor Awards provided students with the opportunity to recognise the dedication and skill of their tutors.

6th October 2021

Supporting Reading for Pleasure Inside and Outside the Classroom

Professor Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University, takes a look at the role Reading for Pleasure plays in children's literacy, both in and beyond the classroom.

30th September 2021
Eight hands of different ethnicities surround a 3D graphic image of the world in an overlapping circle. The globe is pictured with Africa, Asia and Europe in view.

Package of free FCDO-approved safeguarding leadership courses launches

In collaboration with WELS academics, the OU has launched the first module in a package of free Safeguarding Leadership Training courses, aimed at those working in the international development sector.

28th September 2021
Dr Katharine Jewitt and the logo of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

Katharine leads on UNESCO education and digital skills policy

Open University Associate Lecturer Dr Katharine Jewitt has been appointed co-lead of the Education and Digital Skills team within UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab.

22nd September 2021
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Research by Children’s Research Centre underpins new Amnesty book

Research by The Open University Children’s Research Centre (OUCRC) was key to the evolution of a book on children’s rights published this month.

16th September 2021
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Postgraduate study in the time of COVID

Undertaking any form of research is a challenge in its own right, but having a global pandemic breakout mid-way through is something that nobody expects to happen when they set out on their PhD journey. Find out how WELS student, Petra Vacková, coped with the challenges of carrying out research in such unprecedented times.

14th September 2021
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Education Scotland endorse OU Masters programme

Education Scotland has endorsed The Open University’s Masters in Education qualifications. Their endorsement of the four MA Education specialist pathways was based on an application process and panel interview, in which they explored the extent to which the programme aligned with Scotland’s national model of professional learning.

7th September 2021
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Jonathan follows his passion for languages

When redundancy hit Jonathan, he took the opportunity to make some lifestyle changes, changing career and following his passions of travel and learning.  Now an OU Modern Languages student, we spoke to Jonathan about his experiences.

20th August 2021
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Funding boost to support positive student mental health practices

A project initiated within WELS to promote best practice in student mental health support has received a major funding award.

19th August 2021
Rob on site at ‘The Courtyard’ where his 100 day placement is located

How partnership working enabled Social Work practice success

Undeterred by challenges and restrictions faced during the pandemic, reliable relationships and his determination have kept Robs’ employer sponsored study on track.

30th July 2021

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