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Reproduction, Sexualities and Sexual Health

RSSH-ThumbnailRSSH is an interdisciplinary practice and community-oriented research group working in five key areas: reproductive control, HIV/AIDS, sexuality & disability, the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT+) people and pregnancy & childbirth.We take a critical health studies approach. This means we consider reproduction and sexuality not just in terms of health but also in terms of the intimate, social, political and governmental possibilities afforded by reproductive and sexual health policies and professional practice.

Visit The Reproduction, Sexualities & Sexual Health Research Group website

8th April 2022

Social History of Learning Disability

The Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, based in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University, is committed to researching and disseminating learning disability history in ways which are inclusive of people with learning disabilities, their carers, relatives and advocates.

Visit the Social History of Learning Disability website

8th April 2022

Black Women's Health & Wellbeing Research Network

The Black Women’s Health & Wellbeing Network was established in June 2011, following a conference held at The Open University on 29th June 2011. The conference focused on the health of African-Caribbean women, as although there has been an increase in the research on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities in the UK, African-Caribbean women are often absent from this research and their health is often ignored by researchers and policy makers.

Visit the Black Women's Health & Wellbeing Research Network website

8th April 2022

Ageing and later life (CABS)

Based at The Open University, the Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) was established in 1995 as a centre for gerontology and biographical research. The founder members believed that the experience and aspirations of older people should be at the core of research and teaching on ageing. This includes involving older people in various ways as research partners and advisors.

Visit the Ageing and later life (CABS) website

8th April 2022

Open Thanatology

Open Thanatology is the Open University’s interdisciplinary research group for the study and education of death, dying, loss and grief across the life course. Formally renamed in 2020, the group builds on the long-standing death and dying research group at the university with a renewed energy to promote these fields of research and education.

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8th April 2022

Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area

WELS hosts the Open University Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (PRA) which brings together health and wellbeing research from across the University’s Faculties and Units. Open University researchers conduct research in health and wellbeing across various disciplines and areas including healthcare management, ageing studies, reproductive and sexual rights, assistive technologies, patient data management, mental health and biological health sciences.

Visit the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area website

8th April 2022

Sexuality Alliance

People with life-limiting conditions are living longer than ever before. The Open University Sexuality Alliance is working to ensure that people with life-limiting conditions are able to live fuller lives.

Visit The Sexuality Alliance website

8th April 2022

Nursing Research Group

Nursing is a key professional programme within the Open University, underpinned by research-based knowledge. The Open University is the largest provider of part-time nursing education in the UK. The OU is in the top 6% of Nursing and Midwifery Council approved nursing education providers.

Visit the Nursing Research Group website

8th April 2022

Witness to harm, holding to account

There are 13 regulators in the UK which ensure over 1.5m health and social care professionals practise safely and act appropriately. If professionals fail to meet the standards, they may face a Fitness to Practise (FtP) investigation and hearing. This is rare compared to the number of professionals and the number of complaints made about professionals. It can be a long and costly process.

Visit the Witness to harm, holding to account website

8th April 2022

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Jun 16

Open Thanatology Inaugural Conference: 16 & 17 June 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 13:00 to Friday, June 17, 2022 - 14:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes & Online

Contact: Dr Joseph De Lappe

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