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Dr Renu Bhandari

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Professional biography

Dr Renu Bhandari (Ph.D., FHEA, CPsychol) is a staff tutor in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AoCCI), associate lecturer, and consultant with the Open University for the last 18 years. Her primary role sits in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AoCCI) and faculty of WELS (Wellbeing, Education and language Studies). She teaches a range of modules from Access to post graduate modules highlighting issues about child development, childhood studies, early years developing practice, play and creativity in children and psychology. In her role Renu has been a consistent user and developer of online teaching techniques and tools. Renu is a monitor and mentor to new staff and has been playing a key role in monitoring and managing staff along with her teaching responsibilities at the Open University.  Besides, the Open University, Renu has experience of working in University of Portsmouth and in University of Reading. Renu has served as a senior lecturer in FE institutions and has successfully managed HE provision. 

Research interests

Bhandari, R (2021) A study exploring key areas of worry in children and their expression through drawings amid COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health, Vol 9(1). 39-54.

Bhandari, R (2020) A socio-cultural approach in virtual classrooms - key implications for practice for Business Education. Compass: Journal of Teaching and Learning, Vol 13(1).



Bhandari, R (2017) Applaud: Accrediting & Promoting Professional Learning & Development. (Submission for the award of Fellowship of Higher Education Academy UK).


Ittyerah, M., & Sharma, R. (1997). The performance of hearing-impaired children on handedness and perceptual motor tasks. Genetic, social, and general psychology monographs, 123 3, 285-302 .