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Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing through co-Design (PRIDE): The PRIDE Rainbow Toolkit Project

teenage boy sits overlooking a field. He's wearing a hooded sweatshirt and facing away from the camera. He's wearing headphones and looking at his phoneDr Mathijs Lucassen, in conjunction with Professor Louise Wallace and Dr Raj Samra, has been awarded a grant from the Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) Scheme to co-design an online rainbow wellbeing toolkit to promote wellbeing and resilience in LGBTQ+ adolescents.

5th January 2021

Language Toolkit wins 2020 Fred Mulder Award for Best Open Practice

A group of colleagues from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) has developed a free toolkit, ‘Moving your language learning online’ which has received a Best Open Educational Practice award by GO-GN.

16th December 2020

Jo's story: from Access course to first class graduate

Portrait photograph of OU graduate Jo. She's facing the camera and smiling. In the background you can just see blue balloonsHealth and Social Care graduate Jo had to leave school after her O-Levels, to help support her family. Following a conversation with a colleague, she was inspired to pursue an Access course with the OU, which she describes as a 'game-changer'. She shared her OU journey with us. 

11th December 2020

Reports call for more support for people with learning disabilities

two friends, one male, one female, with a learning disability watch a digital tablet together, whilst seated at a table. Two reports on the effect of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities launched on 10 December. Carried out by the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) research group with the Faculty of WELS) the research focuses on lessons learned during COVID-19 that can help shape how support for people with learning disabilities can be better organised and better funded.

9th December 2020

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

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

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