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Three star shaped glass trophies, overlaid with the text WELS Tutor Awards 2023

WELS Tutor Awards 2023

The OU’s tutors provide essential support and guidance that enable students to succeed. Every year the Faculty of WELS celebrates those tutors that have gone above and beyond what is expected of them, via the WELS Tutor Awards, which give students the opportunity to recognise the dedication and skill of their tutors. This year fourteen tutors received awards in two categories, from nearly 400 nominations.

28th February 2024
Rapper Darren McGarvey sits at a school desk. He is resting his head in his hand, covering part of his face. His t-shirt reads: people make mistakes.

OU/BBC series takes unflinching look at public services

A new three-part series co-produced by the OU and BBC will follow writer and rapper Darren McGarvey as he takes an unflinching look at the UK’s public services. Darren McGarvey: The State We’re In follows Darren as he explores the state of the UK’s classrooms, the heroic efforts of an NHS workforce battling rising patient numbers, and the UK’s justice system through the eyes of the people who live and work in it.

27th February 2024
Chris Packham stares into the camera. His hands are clasped beneath his chin, he is in a wooded area.

‘Inside Our Autistic Minds’ wins at the Broadcast Awards

Following success at the Grierson Awards, the BBC/Open University co-production Inside our Autistic Minds has been recognised at the 2024 Broadcast Awards, scooping the prize for Best Specialist Factual Programme.

20th February 2024
Pictured L-R: Morning Live presenters Helen Skelton, Gethin Jones and Michelle Ackerley.

New OU led films for BBC Morning Live

In partnership with the BBC, academics from the OU’s Faculty of WELS have led on six films for the popular BBC One show Morning Live. Inspired by talks with OU academics and supported by their expertise, the thought-provoking and informative films explore a diverse range of topics, including cognitive behavioural therapy, language learning, and muscle loss.

20th February 2024
Text reads WELS Student Awards 2023, overlaid on an image of three different shaped start trophies.

WELS Student Awards 2023 – meet the winners

Every year, the OU’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) recognises students for their achievements through the WELS Student Awards. This year seventeen talented students received awards in two categories: the Going the Extra Mile Award and the Student Inspirational Achievement Award. Each award is particularly notable, as students must be nominated by their tutors to be eligible.

1st February 2024
Portrait photograph of Professor Mimi Tatlow-Golden. She is wearing glasses and looking directly at the camera. Behind her you can see the OU buildings

Mimi Tatlow-Golden promoted to Professor

Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden has been promoted to Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood and Youth. Her research centres on issues of contemporary consequence for childhood and youth, examining the self, schooling, food, and fun.

5th January 2024
Dr Janice Gorlach is pictured holding her MBE. She is dressed smartly in navy blue and is wearing a hat.

WELS alumna recognised for services to education

Dr Janice Gorlach, OU alumna, has recently received an MBE for her services to education and the positive impact her work has had on children’s lives.

19th December 2023
Three women sit at a table, they are all watching a mobile phone intently.

Trainer in Your Pocket selected as one of the top 15 EdTech innovations in Bangladesh

Trainer in Your Pocket, an initiative from the OU’s Centre for the Study of Global Development, has been selected as one of the top 15 EdTech innovations in Bangladesh. Since the initiative's launch, over 54,000 teachers have used Trainer in Your Pocket to improve children’s learning, reaching 7.4 million students in Bangladesh.

5th December 2023
Chris Packham stares into the camera. His hands are clasped beneath his chin, he is in a wooded area.

‘Inside Our Autistic Minds’ wins at Grierson Awards

'Inside Our Autistic Minds', An Open University/BBC co-production, supported by academics from the OU’s Faculty of WELS has been honoured at the prestigious Grierson Awards, which recognise innovative and exciting documentary films.

24th November 2023
Jane stands outside Windsor Castle. She's dressed very smartly and is displaying her MBE in its presentation case.

WELS alumna receives MBE

OU alumna Jane Green recently received her MBE, awarded for her work as founder of SEDSConnective, a volunteer and user-led neurodivergent and symptomatic hypermobility health charity.

23rd November 2023

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