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International Father’s Mental Health Day: a reflection

Monday 20 June is International Father’s Mental Health Day, and its timing – directly following Father’s Day – is no coincidence. Dr Martin Robb, a Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Senior Lecturer specialising in Fatherhood and Masculinity, explains why this event is equally as important, if perhaps not more so. 

16th June 2022
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LAL courses featured in support package to help Ukraine

The WELS School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) has contributed to an OU support package for Ukrainian refugees, which aims to help those affected by the war settle into their new homes in the UK and Ireland.

1st June 2022
African school children sitting on the floor listening to a teacher reading a book

WELS-led research wins funding to address gender inequality in education

Kristina Hultgren, WELS Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, has been awarded £100,000 towards her study of the role English-medium education plays in gender inequality within low and middle-income nations.

20th May 2022
REF 2021 Research Excellence Framework

REF 2021 recognises 82% of OU research impact as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The Open University (OU)’s commitment to research and societal impact is recognised today (Thursday 12 May), with 82% of its research impact assessed to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

19th May 2022
Young people from around the world sit in a large auditorium. They're looking towards a speaker who is off camera.

OU experts to deliver youth training for Commonwealth governments

A team of academics from the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) have been awarded £60k from the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a youth training programme for stakeholders across 54 member countries of the Commonwealth.

18th May 2022
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OU launches world’s first Online Confucius Institute

The OU has launched the world’s first Online Confucius Institute (OCI) in partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). Housed within the WELS School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, the OCI is a non-profit educational partnership between the OU and BFSU.

12th May 2022
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OU Reading for Pleasure Celebrates Fifth Anniversary!

The Reading for Pleasure coalition is celebrating five years of incredible growth and successful social justice-driven projects and initiatives. It is estimated that the OU RfP research has influenced the reading lives of over 180,000 children.

12th May 2022
A carer wearing a blue uniform is sitting talking to an elderly lady. The elderly lady is laughing joyously

HWSC researchers win grant to explore ‘relational care’ in care homes and community-based settings

Researchers in the OU’s School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care have received a grant from the Hallmark Foundation, a charity that invests in the future of care, to work together to further explore the concept of ‘relational care’ and how it can successfully be delivered in UK adult care settings with a focus on older adults.

10th May 2022
Ros Moore, OU Associate Lecturer in Nursing and former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland says: "My work as an OU Associate Lecturer for nursing has not only allowed me to stay at the cutting edge of educational practice, but it has kept me at the forefront of nurse education, supporting students on different routes into nursing."

Meet the Tutors: Ros Moore

As we approach International Nurses’ Day, we spoke to Ros Moore, Associate Lecturer on our Nursing qualifications, and a former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland about her career, and why she chose to move into Nursing education.

5th May 2022
elderly couple sitting at a table at home, using a Virtual Assistant

WELS researcher provides evidence in call for boost to life-enhancing technologies

WELS Research Fellow, Dr Hannah R. Marston, has provided evidence in a recently published report on the need for more life-enhancing technologies for disabled and older people.

4th May 2022

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