Welcome from the Dean
The Faculty of Education and Language Studies is an innovative and exciting place to work. Our staff are at the forefront of curriculum, research and pedagogic development, working with a range of collaborative partners across the world. This website offers you the opportunity to see our work and find out more about what we do. Whether you are looking for information on our teaching, wanting to work with us on collaborative projects, looking for opportunities for research or just browsing, we hope you find our site of help.
Dr Sharon Ding, Dean of Faculty
The Faculty of Education and Language Studies comprises four academic areas:
- Department of Education;
- Department of Languages;
- Centre for Language and Communication;
- Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning.
Plus infrastructure and project management support through the Faculty Office and the Curriculum Management Office. The Faculty employs around 220 academic, administrative, secretarial and clerical staff at Milton Keynes and in OU regional centres throughout the United Kingdom.
The Faculty provides curriculum for four programme areas:
- Language Studies;
- Childhood, Youth and Education;
- Arts and Humanities;
- and Psychology.
In 2009/10 we had almost 29,000 registered students, covering ten degrees, including four Foundation Degrees. Around half of these were studying languages, linguistics and English language, with the most popular areas for study in French, Spanish, Children’s Literature. Other very popular subject areas include child psychology, early years and primary support. We are also the foremost provider of distance teacher education in the UK and have built on this expertise to pursue the Open University’s mission in the developing world with projects such as the Queen’s Anniversary prize-winning Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Faculty hosts a multidisciplinary research centre, the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technologies (CREET), which is one of the leading education research units in the UK. CREET pursues and develops research within the themes of childhood and youth studies, education studies, language and literacies and technology enhanced learning.
Partnerships are very important to both FELS and CREET, given the close relationship between theory and practice in our subject specialisms and the vocational nature of much of our curriculum. See the Our Work section and the Collaborate with Us section for more details of how partnership with the Faculty might be able to help you achieve your aims.