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New 'Becoming a teacher' course launched on Futurelearn

School children in uniform studying at computersAcademics from The Open University’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) have created a new free short course, ‘Becoming a teacher’, hosted on Futurelearn.

3rd June 2020

Coronavirus citizen science project now live

A new landmark citizen science project – COVID-19 and Me, has been launched on the OU’s citizen science platform, nQuire. Delivered in partnership with The Young Foundation, the project aims to capture the social impact of coronavirus on individuals and communities across the UK.

28th May 2020

​Prestigious national appointment for Professor Teresa Cremin

Professor of Literacy in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport, Teresa Cremin, has been appointed as ‘Reading Expert’ for the English Hubs Council.

21st May 2020

OU academic leads new UK guidance to improve research ethics standards

John Oates, Professor of Developmental Psychology, is lead author for the new guidance entitled ‘Research  Ethics Support and Review in Research Organisations’, which launched this month.

7th May 2020

OU’s Nursing Practice Tutors sewing for students

Mary Griffiths at her sewing machine

Practice Tutors from the OU’s Nursing team have been using their time in lockdown to make scrub bags and hats for NHS workers.

6th May 2020

New research funding to explore why European universities are teaching in English

Dr Kristina Hultgren has been awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, for over £1.1mn, to explore why the use of English as a teaching language in non-English-speaking European countries is increasing, despite students struggling to understand it.

5th May 2020

OU partners with Brook to deliver online course to support abortion education in schools

Woman looking at a pregnancy testShaped by research from Professor of Social Policy Research Dr Lesley Hoggart, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Victoria Newton, The Open University (OU) has partnered with sexual health and wellbeing experts Brook in delivering an online course supporting teachers in providing abortion education in schools. The free training is designed to improve the knowledge and confidence of those teaching about pregnancy decision-making and abortion to young people aged 13+.

29th April 2020

First OU Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprentice successfully completes programme

Just over two years since The Open University's Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship (HAP) was launched, Claire Parker becomes the first apprentice to pass her End-Point Assessment (EPA) and successfully complete the programme.

22nd April 2020

Pioneering new Carers Scholarship scheme launched

Woman kneeling, talking to a child in a wheelchairDr Mary Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, has used the knowledge, expertise and networks developed during her twenty years of carer research, to spearhead The Open University’s (OU) innovative new Carers Scholarship Fund, the first of its type in the world.

17th April 2020

Early Childhood team partners in new CPD platform

The Early Childhood team have provided advice and guidance on a new CPD platform for Early Years practitioners created by Pacey.

11th March 2020

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Jul 20

Is young people's care gendered? International perspectives

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 13:30 to 16:00

This webinar is free to attend and will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

Contact: Geraldine Boyle

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