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Photograph of Professor Natalia Kucirkova holding up her winning book.

WELS Professor wins UKLA Academic Book Award 2021

Natalia Kucirkova, Professor of Reading and Children’s Development in the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has won the UK Literary Association (UKLA) Academic Book Award 2021 by unanimous vote for her title ‘How and Why to Read and Create Children’s Digital Books: A Guide for Primary Practitioners’.

6th July 2021
Headshot photograph of WELS PhD student, Petra Vackova

Petra Vacková: Research with an educational justice drive

Petra Vacková is an award-winning postgraduate research student currently undertaking a PhD within the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS). We caught up with Petra to find out more about her research, which has been recognised by her supervisors and peers with two academic awards in the past year.

1st July 2021
Graphic illustration of a cat and hummingbird around the words (in lowercase) 'teachers' reading challenge'.

Return of the Teachers’ Reading Challenge

The Teachers' Reading Challenge is back, with a launch event focussing on 'Reading and Recuperation'.

30th June 2021
Headshot photograph of Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden

Junk food ad ban backed by WELS academic

Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Childhood in the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth & Sport (ECYS), has praised the government’s announcement of an online and pre-watershed TV ban of advertising for foods high in fat, sugar, and salt (HFSS).

29th June 2021
Nurses talking and holding clipboard

Expanding healthcare qualifications: NMC approves new Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice

The latest addition to The Open University’s selection of nursing and healthcare practice programmes has received approval from the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Our new Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice provides an alternative qualifying route, further expanding our offer to suit even more aspiring nurses and employers.

24th June 2021
portrait of Professor Kwame Akyeampong. He is sitting in front of a window, facing the camera and smiling. He is wearing a red tie and glasses.

Kwame appointed co-chair of Global Education Advisory Panel

Professor Kwame Akyeampong has been appointed co-chair of the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP), hosted by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the World Bank.

23rd June 2021
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

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