The Open University (OU) in Wales has thanked its students who are balancing their studies whilst playing a supporting role in the fight against Coronavirus, helping communities in Wales and across the UK.
From working on the frontline to creating resources to help with home schooling, here are just some of the ways OU students in Wales have been making a difference during the global pandemic.
Welsh ambulance service worker, Lou, has been helping on the frontline during the pandemic whilst studying full-time with the OU in Wales.
‘I work for the Welsh ambulance service and study full-time with the OU,’ said Lou. ‘Everyone who is working at this time, from NHS staff, delivery drivers, supermarket workers, postmen and women, to childcare workers, is amazing and you all deserve the world for still carrying on.’
Sam Evans, from Cardiff, is studying towards a Physics degree with the OU in Wales. She has made a series of space videos for 7 to 11-year-olds to help with home learning.
‘I am a Physics student with the OU and an aspiring Medical Physicist,’ she explains. ‘I have made some space-themed science videos aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds. These are designed to add variety to home schooling, provide some entertainment, plus teach youngsters about space.’
‘I’m not a teacher, but for friends, family, and beyond, I thought it would be fun (and good for keeping me busy too) to make videos to generate an interest in science and to help people home school and entertain kids at home.’
Sam’s videos are available on her Youtube page.
Sam also runs Instagram account @thefemalephysicist where she shares study tips, organisation and revision ideas, and resources for other university students and aspiring psychists.
‘A huge thanks to Sam, Lou, and all our students across Wales who are supporting others during this time, including those who are key workers,’ added Louise Casella, Director of The Open University in Wales. ‘We’re always proud of our students, who often study while juggling full-time jobs, childcare, health issues, caring for loved ones, volunteering, and many other responsibilities.’
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