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Graphic card: Photograph of Dr Deborah Steele alongside the text "Meet the Tutors - Dr Deborah Steele, School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care

Meet the Tutors: Deborah Steele – “I know what it’s like to juggle study and life”

Dr Deborah Steele is impressive. Not only is she a tutor (we call them Associate Lecturers at the OU) in nursing and healthcare, but she is also the first in her family to get a degree, which like many of our students, she did whilst working two part-time jobs and raising four children alone. Here’s how... 

30th March 2023
Collage of four bakes created by WELS postgraduate researchers for the OU's Bake Your Research competition over the years (2018-2021).

Where are they now? PhD bakers catch-up

Each year, OU PhD students have the chance to make a cake that represents their studies for the annual Graduate School ‘Bake Your Research’ competition. We caught up with previous contestants from the Faculty to see where they are now.

29th March 2023
Portrait of Dr Jennifer Agbaire and Dr Sharif Haider

Two CSGD projects proposals are accepted on the Open Societal Challenges programme

Two exciting new project proposals by members of the Centre for the Study of Global Development have been accepted by the Open Societal Challenges (OSC) programme, an OU initiative bringing together the university’s academic community to develop inclusive research that will drive positive societal change. 

28th March 2023
A photograph of a Social Worker smiling and showing their ID badge to a person at a front door.

World Social Work Day 2023: How to tackle diversity in social work courses

Paulette Johnson, WELS Academic Lead for Access, Participation and Success, is a qualified Social Worker. In this article for World Social Work Day, she shares how the OU's social work curriculum is tackling equality, diversity and inclusion. 

21st March 2023
Person with a mask on looking at his phone.

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
Graphic card: Photograph of Baerbel Brash alongside the text "Meet the Tutors - Baerbel Brash, School of Languages & Applied Linguistics

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
Student Nursing Times Awards 2023

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
Photograph of Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, with the Sydney Opera House in the background.

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
Three people holding a glass trophy are stood together in front of a colourful wall

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
A photograph of Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship student Kerry Black

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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