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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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WELS Tutor Dr Emilia Misheva joins UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab

Dr Emilia Misheva has joined UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab as an expert member, leading the newly created ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing of Autistic Children in Education’ team. The team aims to investigate how education settings can actively promote the wellbeing of autistic children.

30th August 2022
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ACCESS Project: what we achieved and what we are doing now

A year on from funding being cut to the ACCESS programme, Professor Lesley Hoggart celebrates the achievements and outcomes of the project, and outlines the plans for the future.

22nd August 2022
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Meet the Tutors: Stuart Wroe

Tutor Stuart Wroe reveals what it was like to win a 2021 WELS Tutor Award, as well as the places his impressive career has taken him – and the hobby that’s seen him followed by a BBC documentary crew.

18th August 2022
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Education as a Catalyst for Peacebuilding, 17th/18th August

The Open University Business School and the Centre are bringing together keynote speakers from South Sudan to explore education for peacebuilding and development in high conflict contexts.  Speakers include Ambassador Agnes Oswaha, Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon. Pia Philip, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Peacebuilding, and Archbishop Samuel Peni of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Western Equatoria State.

9th August 2022
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ECYS receives internationally recognised award for gender-equality work

The WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has been recognised with an Athena Swan Departmental Bronze Award for its work to promote gender equality.

19th July 2022
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‘Groundbreaking’ research among WELS projects nominated for 14 Research Excellence Awards

Research by WELS academics has resulted in 14 nominations at this year’s Open University Research Excellence Awards, including a project heralded as ‘groundbreaking’ by Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE.

15th July 2022
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Studying through the menopause and winning awards – Jacqui’s journey with WELS

OU students face many life challenges throughout their studies, and for WELS graduate Jacqui Ross hers came in the form of the menopause. She tells us how she navigated her way through the transition, as well as about her award-winning voluntary work and plans for what to study next. 

12th July 2022
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Associate Lecturer Dr Katharine Jewitt joins Digital Schools Company

Dr Katharine Jewitt, Associate Lecturer, will be supporting Digital Schools to guide and implement its ongoing strategy to promote digital skills at nursery, primary, special education and secondary level.

12th July 2022
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ECYS research used to develop innovative new reading app for children

Research by the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) has been used to create an innovative new reading app.

11th July 2022

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Ageing Well Public Talks Series: Memory and spending time outdoors – Ellie Broad & Jitka Vseteckova

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 11:00 to 13:00

Online - Zoom or Stadium

Contact: Dr Jitka Vseteckova

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