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Free course launched for people supporting Ukrainians in the UK launched by OU

A free online Ukrainian culture and language course has been launched, aimed at those working with Ukrainians in the UK. Alongside the new course, the OU has also translated into Ukrainian its package of free online resources for Ukrainian refugees. The course and the translated resources form the next stage in the package of support the OU is providing for Ukraine.

19th October 2022
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WELS researcher advises on Panorama programme investigating the deaths of people with a learning disability

Dr Elizabeth Tilley was the academic advisor for Panorama: Will the NHS Care for Me?, a new OU/BBC programme that investigates why people with a learning disability are more likely to die from avoidable causes than the rest of the population.

13th October 2022
Dr Saraswati Dawadi is shown on screen at the Research Excellence Awards explaining the human trafficking project at the launch of the People's Choice award category

People’s Choice Award win for WELS and IET

The winner of the OU’s People’s Choice Award is a research project led by Dr Margaret Ebubedike from the Faculty of WELS, co-investigated by Dr Saraswati Dawadi from the Institute of Education Technology, looking at improving the lives of human trafficking survivors in Nepal and Nigeria.

11th October 2022
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Innovative teachers receive awards for Reading for Pleasure

The winners of The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2022, in association with The Open University’s Reading for Pleasure Community Coalition and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), were announced on 1 October 2022. This year’s entries saw teachers at schools across the length and breadth of the UK united in a mission to get children and their families reading.

3rd October 2022
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Dr Philippa Waterhouse wins the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards

Dr Philippa Waterhouse has won the award for Postgraduate Research (PGR) Supervisor at The Open University’s third annual Research Excellence Awards held last week in London. Philippa has been recognised for the outstanding support and leadership she has provided.

3rd October 2022
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WELS Researcher Dr Erica Seruset Borgstrom announced winner of the Early Career Researcher Award at The Open University’s Research Excellence Awards

Now in its third year, the Research Excellence Awards celebrates and recognises the achievement of research at The Open University. Among the winners was Dr Erica Seruset Borgstrom, winner of the Early Career Researcher award for her research into death and dying. 

3rd October 2022
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WELS researchers win at The Open University Research Excellence Awards

Now in its third year, researchers at the Faculty of WELS walked away as winners and runner ups at The Open University’s annual Research Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievement of the university’s research environment and WELS were no exception.

30th September 2022
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Have your say: vote for Jitka to win the 2022 People’s Choice Research Excellence Award

In an OU Research Excellence Awards first, one winner will be decided externally. The People’s Choice Award asks the public to choose the person or project they feel has made the most significant difference when addressing societal challenges. WELS Senior Lecturer Dr Jitka Vseteckova runs one of four nominated projects, and tells us how it feels.

28th September 2022
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Examining the development and retention of staff in schools and Multi-Academy Trusts

In this article Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Associate Lecturer at The Open University for Master of Education, Professional Doctorate and BEd Education Studies programmes, explores some of the key staffing issues challenging schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and how the OU can help address this.

28th September 2022
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From a challenging start in education to creative PhD work during Covid-19 – An’s journey with WELS

When An Nguyen began her PhD with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University, she envisioned global field work to complete her research on English Medium Instruction. But then the Covid-19 pandemic happened and she found herself grounded. She tells us about the creative ways she’s navigated the issue, and the very personal experience behind her subject choice. 

6th September 2022

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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

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