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New research finds link between social media usage and high levels of loneliness during pandemic

According to new research led by Dr Hannah Marston and Professor Sarah Earle, people who used social media messaging apps and platforms during the pandemic reported feeling lonelier than those who did not.

8th March 2023
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Meet the Tutors: Bärbel Brash

From 1999 to 2021, Bärbel Brash taught German to hundreds of OU students. Recently taking on a new position at the OU in Scotland, she tells us about her time as an Associate Lecturer within the WELS School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL), as well as her involvement in a course that challenges perceptions around learning languages later in life.

7th March 2023
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Two WELS students shortlisted for the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards

WELS Health, Wellbeing and Social Care students Jade Wareham and Karen Donnelly have been nominated at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards – across three different categories.

28th February 2023
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WELS Professor in talks to roll out OU carer learning programme in Australia

Professor Mary Larkin has initiated the international rollout of the 'Learning for carers at The Open University' programme, co-produced with Carers Centre Tower Hamlets (CCTH) and an OU research team comprising herself, Dr Chris Kubiak, and Dr Nichola Kentzer.

21st February 2023
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Our award-winning researchers reflect on their OU People’s Choice Award win

Watch new videos of our winners of The Open University’s first ever People’s Choice Award as they share their thoughts about winning, reflect on their current project and discuss how the OU has helped shape the way in which they conduct research.

16th February 2023
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National Apprenticeship Week: ‘It was my route into nursing – no boat required’

In this article, Kerry Black, 30, explains how a nursing apprenticeship has allowed her to pursue a career in the NHS without having to leave her home on the Isle of Wight.

6th February 2023
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Dr Ayomide Oluseye joins CSGD to build on research to address stigma faced by pregnant teenagers and young mothers in South-West Nigeria

Often, pregnant teenagers and young mothers face discrimination and stigma in accessing healthcare services. Additionally, they are sometimes expelled from school when they become pregnant, limiting their ability to improve their lives and achieve their goals.

26th January 2023
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Research into play-based learning to improve learning outcomes in Africa

A new research grant is looking at how supporting teachers in Ghana to adopt play-based practice in schools can improve learning outcomes. Play-based learning is important because it helps children develop foundational numeracy, literary and socio-economic skills. Right to Play, Canada, have awarded £112,000 to the research team led by Professor Kwame Akyeampong based in the Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD) to study the impact of the Learning through Play project (P3) in Ghanaian basic schools.

20th January 2023
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Nursing student Grace selected for RCN Gabrielle Award

OU nursing student Grace McAleer, a final year student on the Adult Future Nurse Pre-Registration Nursing Degree Programme, has received The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Gabrielle Award.

18th January 2023
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From professional cricketer to Deputy Head of School

In 2002, injury sadly meant that Adrian Rollins was forced to seek a new career away from professional cricket. Now working as a Deputy Head of School, Adrian, 50, shares how The Open University (OU) empowered him to launch a career in education.

12th January 2023

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Jun 14

Ageing Well Public Talk Series: Ways to exercise while still having fun

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 11:00 to 13:00

Online - Zoom or Stadium

Contact: Dr Jitka Vseteckova

Jun 30

Improving LGBTQIA+ Tertiary Students’ Mental Health: An Aotearoa New Zealand Perspective

Friday, June 30, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

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