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‘Groundbreaking’ research among WELS projects nominated for 10 Research Excellence Awards

Research by WELS academics has resulted in 10 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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WELS-led research wins funding to address gender inequality in education

Kristina Hultgren, WELS Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics, has been awarded £100,000 towards her study of the role English-medium education plays in gender inequality within low and middle-income nations.

20th May 2022

REF 2021 recognises 82% of OU research impact as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The Open University (OU)’s commitment to research and societal impact is recognised today (Thursday 12 May), with 82% of its research impact assessed to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

19th May 2022
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OU Reading for Pleasure Celebrates Fifth Anniversary!

The Reading for Pleasure coalition is celebrating five years of incredible growth and successful social justice-driven projects and initiatives. It is estimated that the OU RfP research has influenced the reading lives of over 180,000 children.

12th May 2022
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HWSC researchers win grant to explore ‘relational care’ in care homes and community-based settings

Researchers in the OU’s School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care have received a grant from the Hallmark Foundation, a charity that invests in the future of care, to work together to further explore the concept of ‘relational care’ and how it can successfully be delivered in UK adult care settings with a focus on older adults.

10th May 2022
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WELS researcher provides evidence in call for boost to life-enhancing technologies

WELS Research Fellow, Dr Hannah R. Marston, has provided evidence in a recently published report on the need for more life-enhancing technologies for disabled and older people.

4th May 2022
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OU project shares in £5.5M research portfolio to improve education tech in low and middle income countries

An OU study to professionally develop maths teachers in low- and middle-income countries is one of the projects within Edtech Hub’s first research portfolio, and will investigate the impact of technology on teaching in Bangladesh. 

14th April 2022
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My home my life: experiences of minority older Bangladeshi communities in East London

Dr Manik Gopinath has received £280,000 in funding to explore the effect living conditions have on the wellbeing of older Bangladeshi communities in East London.

6th April 2022
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Storytelling project plans ‘critical exploration’ of its own methods

An OU team carrying out storytelling-led research will simultaneously analyse whether the method reinforces inequality rather than challenges it.

29th March 2022
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Launch of the new Centre for the Study of Global Development

The Faculty of WELS has launched a new research centre, the Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD), which will aim to advance human wellbeing through global development research. The launch event featured a special message from UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed.

24th March 2022

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