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Enhancing the impact of technologies for hospice residents

Two hands are pictured in focus with the background blurred. The older hand is being held by a younger one. Dr Verina Waights, in collaboration with Willen Hospice, has received funding to enhance the use of technologies in a hospice; piloting and evaluating the use of digital technologies to enhance communications for service users and their families during the pandemic.

13th January 2021

Support for social workers during COVID-19

Joe Hanley, Social Work Lecturer, is leading a project to support social workers during the pandemic, piloting free online CPD to rapidly upskill social workers.

7th January 2021

Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing through co-Design (PRIDE): The PRIDE Rainbow Toolkit Project

teenage boy sits overlooking a field. He's wearing a hooded sweatshirt and facing away from the camera. He's wearing headphones and looking at his phoneDr Mathijs Lucassen, in conjunction with Professor Louise Wallace and Dr Raj Samra, has been awarded a grant from the Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) Scheme to co-design an online rainbow wellbeing toolkit to promote wellbeing and resilience in LGBTQ+ adolescents.

5th January 2021

Language Toolkit wins 2020 Fred Mulder Award for Best Open Practice

A group of colleagues from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) has developed a free toolkit, ‘Moving your language learning online’ which has received a Best Open Educational Practice award by GO-GN.

16th December 2020

Jo's story: from Access course to first class graduate

Portrait photograph of OU graduate Jo. She's facing the camera and smiling. In the background you can just see blue balloonsHealth and Social Care graduate Jo had to leave school after her O-Levels, to help support her family. Following a conversation with a colleague, she was inspired to pursue an Access course with the OU, which she describes as a 'game-changer'. She shared her OU journey with us. 

11th December 2020

Research funding win to improve education in Africa

Four Ghanaian children (three boys and one girl) are sitting in a large pink play car. They're smiling and one of the boys is holding a tablet.A research project, led by Professor Kwame Akyeampong, which takes a play-based approach to learning to improve education in early years education in Africa, has received $500,000 CAD in funding.

11th December 2020

Reports call for more support for people with learning disabilities

two friends, one male, one female, with a learning disability watch a digital tablet together, whilst seated at a table. Two reports on the effect of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities launched on 10 December. Carried out by the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) research group with the Faculty of WELS) the research focuses on lessons learned during COVID-19 that can help shape how support for people with learning disabilities can be better organised and better funded.

9th December 2020

Grief Awareness Week 2020: The impact of COVID-19

A father and daughter at a graveyard on a grey, rainy day visiting the grave of their wife/mother. They are both kneeling at the foot of a grave, touching the wet earth; the father holds a large blue umbrella over them both.For Grief Awareness Week 2020, three academics from the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care (HWSC), Dr Kerry Jones, Dr Sharon Mallon, and Dr Erica Borgstrom, came together to explore experiences of children and young people’s death anxiety as a result of COVID-19, the impact of the pandemic and death on staff working in care establishments, and how grief was reported in UK newspapers.

3rd December 2020

WELS supports digital therapy for LGBTIQ+ youth in COVID-19

A happy LGBT couple embracing each other and smiling. The lady on the left is wearing a white sleeveless t-shirt with a rainbow image on itDr Mathijs Lucassen is supporting updates to an existing digital therapy program in order to better support the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/trans, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ+) youth.

2nd December 2020

Researching public understanding of COVID-19 restrictions

 A general street scene of Chester City centre showing some traffic & pedestrian restrictions which have been put in place to allow social distancing due to Covid-19 pandemic.A team from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) in WELS is undertaking new research into how language can shed light on how ideas of “right” and “wrong” emerged in language, in relation to government guidance on social distancing and face-coverings.

2nd December 2020

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