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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

Japan/UK Learning Disability research exchange: report published

A report on ‘learning disability and belonging’ has been published, following exchange trips between UK and Japanese research teams.

2nd December 2020

TESS-India celebrates 3 million views!

a young boy is writing in English in his exercise book whilst reading a school text bookDr Lina Adinolfi, English Language Lecturer from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, has celebrated 3 million views of the authentic classroom video clips she developed as part of the TESS-India project.

2nd December 2020

Getting to zero: The persistence of HIV stigma

Back view portrait of young man with dyed hair hugging boyfriend while he touching his hand. They are resting on sofa in front of windows.On World AIDS Day 2020 we spoke to Dr Tom Witney, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS), about HIV stigma and how recent advances in HIV treatment not only promise to alter the dynamics of the epidemic but have the potential to transform the experience of people living with HIV.

1st December 2020

Karen's story: Cancer, coursework, and cake!

Photo of Karen Baker, WELS Inspirational Student Award winner, smiling holding her certificateKaren Baker, recipient of a WELS Student Inspirational Achievement Award 2020, was determined to complete her Primary Education studies despite experiencing major health issues in the final stages of her degree.

27th November 2020

Leeds Future You nursing partnership wins NHS award

Smiling student nurse holding papersAn Open University, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust programme wins regional Wellbeing at Work award.

26th November 2020

WELS wins Guardian University Award; comes runner-up in a second!

The Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies has scooped a prestigious Guardian University Award and taken the runner-up spot in a second category. The Awards showcase some of the best work from across the Higher Education (HE) sector. 

25th November 2020

Professor of Literacy recognised with storytelling fellowship

OU Professor of Literacy, Natalia Kucirkova, has been awarded a Jacobs Foundation Fellowship in recognition of her research into the impact of multimedia personalised stories for children.

22nd November 2020

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